Messer, Doris Marie (Cleveland)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Doris Messer
Doris Messer

Doris Marie Messer, beloved mother and cherished grandmother, 89, went home to glory on Monday, December 4, 2017.

Doris was born on June 18, 1928 to the late Luther and Mattie Caylor. Doris and her second husband, Earl, owned and operated Messer’s Diner in Benton for several years. She was of the Primitive Baptist Faith. Doris was an avid reader and enjoyed growing flowers. In light of all of these, Doris will be remembered most for loving and caring for her family and how she enjoyed sharing meals with others, which was her “love language.”

In addition to her mother and father she was preceded in death in 1976 by her first husband of 31 years Loy P Whaley who is the father of her 6 children. Her second husband of 34 years, Earl Messer, passed away in 2011. She is also preceded in death by her infant daughter, Sandra Marie Whaley, who passed in 1950.

She is survived by 5 children: daughter Shirley Striker; four sons: David Whaley (Ralf), Joseph Whaley, Steve Whaley and daughter in love Mary, and Brent Whaley; nine grandchildren: Brian Whaley (Angie), Gina Moser, Starla Press, Scott Whaley, Lisa Bates, Angie Greene, Julie Theriot (Nick), Jarrod Whaley and Emily Whaley. She was GREAT Grandmother to 19: Heather Jackson (James), Brittany Moser, Becca Moser, Zach Caughron, AJ Caughron, Skye McDonnell, Jaden Rudy, Courtni Frey, Tanner Rudy, Ashley Baggett, Chloe Wallace, Marshall Theriot, Rose Bates, Stephanie Bates, Johnny Bates, Aaliyah Hickey, Trevon Hickey, Alexia Hickey, and Tevin Hickey. She was GREAT GREAT Grandmother to 9: Madison Jackson, James Jackson, Jr., Emma Moser, Owynn Simonson, Willow Frey, Jerome McDonnell, Samuel McDonnell, Denver Bates, and Gavin Bates. 

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Companion Funeral Home located at 2419 Georgetown RD NW, Cleveland, Tn. 37311. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday Dec. 8, at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Moore’s Chapel Cemetery. 

You are invited to share a personal memory of Doris or your condolences with her family at her online memorial located at www.companionfunerals.com. Companion Funeral and Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Messer family with these arrangements.


Santore, Rosa Lee (Cleveland)

Rosa Lee Santore, 91, of Cleveland, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018, in a local health care facility.   She was born on Sept. 26, 1927, in Gumboro, De., to Camillo and Palma Borgia.   She was a member of Ladd Springs Seventh Day Adventist Church.  She loved her Lord and her family and will be greatly missed by both her family and friends. She was ... (click for more)

Beaver, Earline (Dalton)

Earline Beaver, age 78, of Dalton, passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at Hamilton Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl Rudolph and Pauline Rudolph. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Suzi and Jimmy Thorne of Dalton; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Jackie Plemons of Phoenix, Az.; grandchildren, Jami Plemons, David Plemons and Ben Thorne; ... (click for more)

David Lawrence McKenzie

David Lawrence McKenzie,  of Signal Mountain, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2018.  David was born in Chattanooga to James E. McKenzie and Faye Hester McKenzie.  He was a longtime resident of Signal Mountain, where he was a member of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.  He graduated from Baylor School in 1953, where he excelled in athletics ... (click for more)

James "Al" Smith

Proud submarine veteran, James 'Al' Smith died on October 11, 2018, in Hixson. He served on the USS Carbonero and USS Cochino. The Carbonero completed two patrols in World War II. Al became a Baptist minister after injury ended his career in paper mills. He also umpired youth leagues around Chattanooga. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna who passed in 1996. ... (click for more)

Man Fires At Woman Stealing His Car At Broad Street Raceway; Both End Up In Jail

A man had his car stolen at the Raceway on South Broad Street on Sunday night and both he and the car thief wound up in jail.   Police said they charged Donald Kenyatta Domino, 23, of 747 E. Henderson Dr., with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment when he came out of the store and started shooting at the driver as she sped off in his car. Denise Farmer, 35, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Investigating Shooting That Victim Says Happened A Week Ago

Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital on Friday evening after a person arrived with a gunshot wound.   The injured man told police he was shot on Thursday, Oct. 11. He said he was shot while on the dance floor of a club somewhere along Brainerd Road.   If you have any information about the incident, call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525. You ... (click for more)