Lester Oral "Sonny" Messenger, 93 - formerly of Linn

Lester Oral "Sonny" Messenger age 93 of Eastpoint, Kentucky, formerly of Linn, West Virginia, departed this life Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Riverview Health Care Center, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, following an extended illness.

Born May 21, 1921 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, son of the late Albert and Rosa Richards Messenger.

Lester was a mechanic for Dowell with 21 years experience. He was also a bulldozer operator and worked in construction. He loved camping, fishing, operating a bulldozer, and any heavy equipment be could. He and his wife were also long term members of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Baldwin, West Virginia.

On May 23, 1942 he was united in marriage to Virginia M. "Kit" Simmons Messenger who preceded him in death on November 18, 2012.

Surviving are 2 children, John Messenger and wife Susan of Glenville, West Virginia, and Linda M. Woofter and husband David of Eastpoint, Kentucky. There are also 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren also surviving.

Along with his wife and parents, Lester was preceded in death by 1 son, Gary Messenger; 4 sisters, Nellie Collins, Stella Lowther, Gladys Messenger and Winnie Frye; and 3 brothers, Everett Messenger, Virgil "Bud" Messenger, and Argil Messenger.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 11:00 a.m. Friday August 22, 2014 with Chaplin Nathan Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Troy IOOF Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by the Lewis County Honor Guard. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Lester Messenger with arrangements and online condolences may be expressed at   www.ellysonmortuary.com