ERMA MAYBELLE MESSINGER, 98, died Sunday, October 11, 2020, at her residence at the Woodlands Retirement Community. She was born May 15, 1922, in Huntington, a daughter of the late William Ray and Erma Estelle Frampton Bowser Messinger. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Claude Hampton Messinger, and a grandson, Braden G. Stevens. She was a Registered Nurse, board member of King’s Daughters Hospital, a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, very active in missionary work in Uganda, Africa, and was instrumental in organizing the Wayne County Health Department. She and her husband operated WTSF-TV in Ashland, Ky., and hosted Christian Family Programing. She is survived by four children, Timothy Ray (Kathy) Messinger, Stephen Erie (Rafaela) Messinger, Rebecca Jane (John) Moore and Deborah Ann (Thomas) Stevens; grandchildren, Mark (Deanna), Jonathan (Tiffany), David (Abby), Melissa Aery, Jillian Bell, Leah Ann Yagodich, John Michael Yagodich, Thomas E. III, Eric and Lexie; great-grandchildren, Paityn, Shane, Eva, Noelle, Dawson, Kaidence, Keatyn, Beau, Landon, Quinn, Thomas, Emilia Aery, Ariela, Lianna Bell, William Michael Yagodich, Isabella Ann Yagodich, Elora K. and Hallie Stevens. Services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Huntington. Friends may call Wednesday from noon until service time at the funeral home. Please follow social distancing and wear a face covering. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. Family guestbook at

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