In Memoriam

Our presence in this temporal plane is evanescent, ephemoral, and etherial. Even so, we strive. I have been blessed in my short life to have shared long segments of the road with very special people. Some of them have arrived at their destination before me. I pray that God granths them His Grace. I pray that my actions might be worthy of the sacrifices they made to bring me to my present station in life.

Stephanie Wynn Messer

March 21, 1980 - August 5, 2019

Ms. Stephanie Wynn Messer, age 39, of Walker, KY departed this life on Monday, August 5, 2019. She was the daughter of Darrell and Candace Messer, born to them on March 21, 1980 in Red Bird Mission, Kentucky. She was a teller at Commercial Bank. Stephanie was a member of the Baptist faith, and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially their trips to the lake.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Edna Messer and Ann Marie Roop.

Left behind to mourn her passing, loving parents Darrell and Candace Messer, sons Kevin Aaron Mills and wife Destiny, Ethan Tyler Mills and wife Morgan Obenauer, and Ryan Daniel Mills and wife Michaela Gray, all of Barbourville, Kentucky, grandchildren Jaycie Jewel Mills, Jackson Tyler Allen Mills and Natalie Alanna Emily Mills, and her brother Darrell Glen Messer, II of Louisville, Kentucky. She also leaves behind a host of many relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

Funeral services for Ms. Stephanie Wynn Messer will be conducted in the Cobb-Hampton Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., with Reverend Stoney Brown officiating. Pallbearers will be Aaron Mills, Ethan Mills, Ryan Mills, Daniel Blankenship, James Vega and Darrell Messer. Cobb-Hampton Funeral Home will be in charge of all arrangements.

Friends may visit at the funeral home on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service at 2:00 p.m.

Margaret ("Peggy") Kemner

May 26, 1930 - February 14, 2019

Margaret (Peggy) Kemner, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on May 26, 1930, departed this life on Thursday February 14, 2019 at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. Peggy received her AB degree in Biology at Eastern Nazarene College in Boston Massachusetts, She then was trained for her registered nurse degree (R.N.) and Bachelor of Science, Nursing (B.S.N.) at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. While at Johns Hopkins she heard Mary Breckenridge of Frontier Nursing Service and went on to spend six months with the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) in Hayden, Kentucky to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. She also worked with FNS for another two-and-a-half years.

Peggy and Irma Gall moved to Stinking Creek in Knox County, Kentucky to set up a program of medical and educational services called Lend-A-Hand Center (LAHC) in August, 1958. Peggy worked with the Knox County Health Department, volunteering to provide public health nursing in the 13 one and two-room schools on Stinking Creek and Flat Lick. She began her midwifery service by delivering babies in their homes. She delivered more than 500 babies including several sets of twins, breaches and premature babies.

In 1966 she was hired by KCEOC as a Health Coordinator. Part of her duties were to set up a mobile health unit that went into rural areas of the county. She also set up and taught para-health classes for Nurses Aides and later Home Health Aides. In 1968, Peggy and Irma started a pilot project for Home Health Services and medical transportation which became the first Home Health Agency in southeastern Kentucky.

Peggy was the Home Health Nurse and Coordinator with the LAHC Home Health Aides until 1965, when the program merged with the Knox County Home Health Program. She worked as a Home Health Nurse until she retired in 2002.

Peggy was also active with other LAHC programs such as 4-H, Day Camp, Sunday School, Youth Programs, Work Groups, Clinics and became well known for her cooking skills.

In 1966, Peggy delivered Melody whom she later adopted and is currently living on Stinking Creek. Between 1958 and 1990, Peggy and Irma took children in and raised them for various lengths of time at the Center, helping many children get their education. Peggy did not even know how many grandchildren she had. But the main title Peggy earned was “The Nurse”.

Survived by daughter Melody, two brothers and two sisters-in-law along with nephews and nieces.

Peggy became a nurse, mentor, mother, chief cook and boss to many youth who came to live at LAHC, to the many volunteers and to the young people who came to live and work at the Center.

Peggy and Irma started their own Sunday school program in 1960 which Peggy had maintained throughout the years. She also attended the Corbin Nazarene Church, and was the author of her book “I Am With You Always”.

On October 6, 2014 Peggy Kemner and Irma Gall were named as the recipients of the Susan Arthur Historical Preservation Award. Both were honored in recognition of their service to the people of Knox County and Southeastern Kentucky.

Peggy and Irma’s dream of LAHC, which has been the inspiration to so many, will continue to lend a hand and uplift people and their community with Charles Carnes and wife Diann as the new administrators for whom Peggy and Irma have always spoken highly of.

Memorial Services will be held at Dewitt Baptist Church Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m. Pastor Leonard Lester assisted by Pastor Charles Carnes will be conducting services.

Ann Marie Roop

Ann Marie Roop age 83, of Corbin, died Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at her home. She was the widow of Charles Siffes Roop whom she married on November 2, 1963. She was born on February 8, 1935 to the late William Frederick Williams and Glenadie Lucille Fitch Williams in Deckerville, Michigan. She was a retired Nurses Aid for the Lend A Hand Center and a member of Walker Baptist Church.

Besides her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her infant son Charles P. Roop and a grandson Joseph Curtis Roop.

She is survived by her sons: James Howard Roop of Corbin, Joseph Curtis Roop of Walker and Treavor Howard Roop and wife Louvella of Michigan, her daughters:Vickie Piotter of Michigan, Cynthia Mellon and husband Brian of Michigan, Helen Tolan of Michigan, Candace Messer and husband Darrell of Walker, her brothers: Roy Williams of Michigan, Orville Williams and wife Carol of Stamping Ground, KY, her sister: Linda Faye Williams of New Hampshire, by Twelve grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. She is also survived by many other dear relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

Funeral services for Ann Marie Roop will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday September 15, 2018 in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lester Tirey officiating. Burial will follow in the Bailey Cemetery at Walker with grandsons, friends and relatives serving as Pallbearers. The family will receive friends at Hopper Funeral Home from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Friday.

Flem E. Messer

November 5, 1957 - October 17, 2017

Flem E. Messer, age 59, of Walker, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at his home. He was a son of the late George and Edna Carnes Messer, born to them on November 5, 1957 in Pineville, Kentucky.

Flem was a well known Carpenter having worked for the Pineville Housing Authority for over 20 years.

He was preceded in by his father and mother: George and Edna Carnes Messer; and by his loving niece: Tonia Lynn Moore.

Flem is survived by his loving family: His loving Soul Mate: Teresa Ralston of Walker. His daughter: Lacy Messer of Dayton, Ohio. His son: Flem Messer and wife, April of Dayton, Ohio. His grandchildren: Logan, Payge, Josh, Autumn and Toby: and his great-grandchildren: Karter, Harmony, Mikah and Sammie Rae all of Dayton, Ohio.

His sisters and brothers: Charlene Riley and husband, Pat of Louisville, Kentucky; Carolyn Gambrel of Pineville; Sherry Moore and husband, Virgil of Davis Bend; Darrell Messer and wife, Candance of Walker; Terry Joe Messer and wife, Charlotte of Barbourville; and Wayne Mills and wife, Wanda of Bimble.

A host of nieces and nephews, and loving cousins, and other relatives, and dear friends to mourn his passing.

He also had a very special Pet Dog Foxy whom he loved dearly.

Funeral Services for Flem E. Messer will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Mills and Rev. Josh Smith officiating.

Burial will follow in the Doctor Allen Messer Cemetery on Lost Fork at Walker.

Those serving as Pallbearers will be Employees of Pineville Housing Authority: John Green, Jason Evans, James Johnson, Gary Cinniamon, Jonathan Slone and William Rose.

Those serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be: all loving Grandsons of Flem E. Messer; also serving will be Virgil Moore, Mary Ann Robbins, Ryan Turner, Shaun Turner, and Lester Grubb.

The Messer family will receive friends after 6:00 P.M. on Friday at

the Hopper Funeral Home, and on Saturday after 12:00 noon until the funeral hour of 2:00 P.M.

Hopper Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Tonia Lynn Moore

May 11, 1977 - September 5, 2016

Tonia Lynn Moore, age 39, of Davis Bend, Barbourville, died Monday, September 5, 2016 at her home. She was the loving daughter of Virgil and Sherry Messer Moore, born to them on May 11, 1977 in Corbin, Kentucky.

Tonia Lynn was a well known "Lobby Girl" and former Employee at the Barbourville's McDonalds; a Member of the East Barbourville Baptist Church, a former Member of Dr. Thomas Walker DAR; and presently a Member of the National DAR; a Member of the Knox County Homemakers; and a Kentucky Colonel; and was a very dedicated Fan of Kentucky Basketball.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: George and Edna Messer, and Walter and Verna Moore.

Tonia Lynn is survived by her loving father and mother: Virgil and Sherry Messer Moore.

Grandparents, God parents and Best friends all in one: Olaf and Peggy Jones.

Her beloved cousins: Michelle Moore Broughton and Mike Broughton, whom she considered to be her sister and brother.

Her Aunts and Uncles: Charlene and Pat "Big Goofy" Riley, Carolyn Gambrel,"her flip-flop and shopping buddy" Darrell and Candace Messer, Flem Messer and Teresa, Terry Joe and Charlotte Messer, Rev. Arlos and Mary Moore, Wayne and Bonnie Moore, and Randall Moore.

Her special friends: Dorthy Philpot, Alene Foley, Grace Foley and Willie Carr.

Her beloved pets: Stormie, Tiger, Mollie, Romeo and Burton; and many other dear relatives, and dear friends to mourn her passing.

Virgil and Sherry would like to say a "Special Thank You" to: to uncles: Wayne and Randall for the Candy visits.

To Dr. Jessica Moss and her staff for the wonderful care.

To the staff of Hospice of the Bluegrass, especially Donna and Melinda; and Pastor Josh Smith, Deacon Roger Brooks and all our Church Family at East Barbourville Baptist Church, we Thank You for all Visits, Cards and most of all for your Prayers.

In honor of Tonia we ask that you wear something Blue on Thursday.

Funeral Services for Tonia Lynn Moore will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday, September 8, 2016 in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Broughton, Rev. Arlos Moore, and Rev. Josh Smith officiating.

Burial will follow in the Barbourville Cemetery.

Those serving as Pallbearers: Zachary Broughton, Keith Gambrel, Roger Brooks, Pat Riley, Darrell Messer, II., Willie Carr, Mike Broughton and Terry Joe Messer.

The Moore family will receive friends at the Hopper Funeral Home after 6:00 P.M. Wednesday, and after 10:30 A.M. on Thursday until the funeral hour.

If you so choose rather than flowers, you may make a Memorial donation to: East Barbourville Vision "2020", P.O. Box 66, Barbourville, KY 40906 in loving Memory of Tonia.

Hopper Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Edna Mae Messer

September 13, 1917 - May 14, 2008

Mrs. Edna Mae Messer, age 90 of Walker, Kentucky was born on September 13, 1917, daughter of the late George and Mossie Bargo Carnes. Mrs. Messer passed away Wednesday May 14, 2008, with her loving children by her side, at the Knox County General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her first husband Leroy Mills, second husband George D. Messer and her dear and special friend Ted Simpson. She was also preceded in death by her sister Dorothy Carnes, brothers Alonzo, Leroy, McCoy, Flem D. and Raymond Carnes.

Mrs. Messer was the loving mother of Charlene Riley and husband Pat of Louisville, Carolyn Gambrel of Pineville, Sherry Moore and husband Virgil of Davis Bend, Darrell Glenn Messer and wife Candace, Flem Edward Messer both of Walker and Terry Joe Messer and wife Charlotte of Barbourville. She is also survived by sister, Evelyn Warren of Arjay, brothers, Cloyd Carnes of Williamsburg, and George Carnes Jr. of Walker. Grandchildren, Pamela Jeanes, G. Keith Gambrel, Tonia Moore, Lacy Messer, Stephanie Mills, Melissa Jo Fuson, Darrell Messer II, and Flem Messer Jr. Great Grandchildren, Katelyn Jeanes, Aaron, Ethan and Ryan Mills, Matthew Logan, Kristina Pagyie, Joshua Parker, Toby Austin, and Autumn Faith Messer. Sisters-in-law, Doxie Carnes & Gladys Carnes. Special friends, Peggy Jones, Opal Kinningham, and Delores Bingham. Caregivers, Shirley Gambrel, Judy Messer, Peggy Kemner, Karen Johnson, April Price, Knox County Home Health, Dr. Sturgil, Dr. Ashburn, Dr. Warren, and Dewanna.

Mrs. Messer was a loyal and dedicated member of the Walker Baptist Church wherein she was the oldest living Charter Member, Kentucky Colonel, as well as an enthusiastic University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Services for Mrs. Edna Messer will be conducted in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Lester Tirey officiating. Burial will follow in the Coon Messer Cemetery with Flem Messer Jr., Phoenix Messer Jr., Eugene Carnes, Randall Carnes, Ray Carnes Jr., MacArthur Carnes, Steve Warren, Rex Carnes, Merrill Carnes, Mike Jeanes, Wendell Bond and Andy Goss serving as Pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the Hopper Funeral Home on Friday, May 16, 2008, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday after 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour at 1:00 p.m. Hopper Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.