Anna Emily Porter Messick, 97, of Youngsville, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Hillside Nursing & Rehabilitation. She was born on October 21, 1922 in Baltimore, Maryland to Raymond Bell and Sarah Catherine Finney Bell.
Anna was known as a kind friend to everyone she met. She was not only a pastor’s wife, but also a loving mother to four beautiful girls. She was business savvy and enjoyed sewing and making jewelry. She also loved traveling, card games, puzzles, and talking politics. Above all, Anna was a woman of deep faith and hope in Jesus Christ.
She will be laid to rest with her late husband Robert Messick at 1:30 p.m., July 30, 2020 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.
Anna is survived by three daughters, Deanna Johnson (Ken), Denise White (Howard), and Dawn Clayton (William); 13 grandchildren, John Johnson, Joanne Johnson, James Johnson, Darrick Benson, Jeffrey Benson, Jillian Hamm, Stephanie Breznau, Tiffany Braverman, Michael Fussell, Philip Clayton, Emily Breznau, Jason Burton, and Julie Johnson; and 33 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rev. Wilton Porter (1980); second husband, Robert Messick (1995); daughter, Donna Benson (1989); great-granddaughter, Lilly Hamm (2020); step-son, Jesse Burton(Debbie) and siblings, Virginia Siniard, Raymond Bell, Ruth Cockey, Nelson Bell, Charlie Bell and Robert Bell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Selah Center, P.O. Box 1650, Clarksville VA 23927.
Arrangements were made by Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home, 1051 Durham Road, Wake Forest, NC. (919) 556-7400
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