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September 25, 1937 - March 27, 2021


Emory “Shorty” Messer, 83, of Cocoa, Fla., passed away peacefully Saturday, March 27, 2021. He was born Sept. 25, 1937 in Wise County, Va., to Pearl and Willis Messer. In 1957 he left Virginia with his brother, Jim, and they eventually moved to Cocoa, Fla., where their first job was picking oranges. Shorty then began his own business spraying drywall, and after several years, opened his own drywall supply company. In 1980 he moved to Humble, Texas, where he continued doing drywall for a year before returning to Cocoa and resuming his drywall business. In the early 90’s Shorty began buying and renting roll-off dumpsters. He continued renting dumpsters and doing small drywall projects until he was 80. At 82 he was finally fired from hauling dumpsters by his son. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Reatha, and brother, Jim. He is survived by his sons, Jeffery (Angela) Messer, Wayne Messer; grandchildren, Leanne, Alex, and Isabella; brothers, Fred, Parkis, JoJo; sisters, Carolyn, Arlene, Suzie; and many nieces and nephews.

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