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418 North 13th Street
P.O. Box 1557
Corsicana, TX 75110
Phone: 903-874-3755
Fax: 903-874-5621
Roy Messick

Roy William Messick

Wednesday, November 28th, 1945 - Friday, July 31st, 2020
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Roy William Messick, age 74, of Corsicana, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 31, 2020. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend; and he leaves a deep void in the lives of all who knew him.

Roy was born in Fort Worth on November 28, 1945, to Leroy Brady and Martha Arnolia Maxwell. He graduated from Northside High School in 1964 and went on to attend the University of Texas at Arlington.

Roy served in the Air Force, enlisting during the Vietnam War and spent two tours there. He participated in the Battle of Saigon during the North Vietnamese Army’s Tet Offensive in 1968. He returned to Vietnam for the final time in April, 1975, as a participant in Operation FREQUENT WIND, a massive airlift evacuation during the fall of Saigon. As Tan Son Nhut was being heavily shelled and mortared, the final fixed-wing aircraft (a C-130), with Roy onboard as a part of the security contingent, took off for Clark Air Base, Philippines. His service to his country is representative of who Roy was at heart; he lived his life serving others.

Roy’s service in Vietnam was something in which he took great pride. He was a part of the Vietnam Veterans Association in Corsicana and was described by one member as “the glue that held their organization together.”

After serving faithfully for many years in the Air Force, Roy became a Deputy Sheriff in Tarrant County, Texas. He subsequently moved into the insurance business as a fraud investigator ultimately becoming a valued trainer for Met Life before retiring.

Roy never met a stranger, and he had an incredible sense of humor. He loved to laugh, and he loved to make people laugh. His incomparable laugh will be remembered by all who heard it.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Rita Chance Messick for whom Roy was the love of her life. As well, he is survived by his sons, William (Beverly); Jerry (Becky); Chris (Natalie); and daughters, Kristi Bracken (Michael); Ronna Wheaton (Dave); 15 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Lavonia Messick (Odessa); Marcia Buckner (Joe); and Regina Stephens.

He is preceded in death by his son, Cody Dechert.

Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 10:15AM at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie with military honors and Pastor William Rainey officiating. Wearing of masks and social distancing will be enforced at all services.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Corley Funeral Home
    Address
    418 North 13th Street
    CORSICANA, TX 75110
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    Notes
    Because of Covid-19, masks are required for those attending the viewing and social distancing will be enforced.
  • Service

    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 | 10:15am
    When
    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 10:15am
    Location
    Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery
    Address
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    DALLAS, TX 75211
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    Notes
    Masks are required for those attending the service and social distancing will be enforced.
    Officiant
    Pastor William Rainey
  • Interment

    Location
    Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery
    Address
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    DALLAS, TX 75211
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Rita--My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, Roy. Love Always, Becky Ballard
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