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Mr. Thomas (Tom) F. Messick, age 84 of Lewisville, peacefully departed to his eternal home to be with our Heavenly Father on Friday, July 28, 2023. It gives us great joy and makes us smile to know that he has been reunited with his beloved wife, Elizabeth (Liz) P. Messick and son, Timothy Scott.
He was born August 11, 1938 in Forsyth County to the late David Furches Messick and Josephine Moser Messick. On the 12th of February 1960, Tom married the love of his life, Liz Messick. First son, Tommy was born in 1961 followed by Troy in 1962. Tim, third son was born in 1966 followed by the baby boy, Trent in 1969. Through the years, he proudly boasted that he gained three daughters as his boys married. Cheryl (Troy), Lori (Tommy) and Angel (Trent). Tom lived his entire life in Forsyth County and the couple spent most of their 60 years of marriage in Lewisville.
Tom went into business with his father right out of high school and continued with him until his dad’s retirement. After his dad’s retirement Tom and his brother, Bob were partners, still under the original business name, D.F. Messick & Sons until they both retired. Both their masonry skills and integrity were well respected by the residential contracting community. They both volunteered their time and skills for the benefit of local organizations, their churches, and their community. Tom also helped those in need as he traveled to distant places to help build and repair homes in Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina) and Haiti.
From 1959 until the present, the family worshiped at South Fork Church of Christ where Tom served as a deacon primarily taking care of the building and grounds but also led the children’s worship ministry along with his wife Liz. Together they participated eagerly and enthusiastically in VBS, volunteered to host numerous youth group activities and participated in many other areas of ministry. In addition to service to his church, many grew to know Tom as he gave his time to other local organizations such as Pop Warner Football, Little League and the City of Lewisville.
One of his greatest joys was being a grandfather (Paw) to his six granddaughters Briann, Emma, Chandler, Addyson, Landrey, and Abby and his three grandsons, Josh, Rob and Cam. Being a father of boys, his world was rocked when the girls started outnumbering the boys. He learned all kinds of fascinating girl things and was constantly amused. He loved being outdoors visiting with his wonderful neighbors or just simply driving his golf cart or riding his tractor. Tom enjoyed traveling with Liz and also with the entire family when possible. His family often referred to him as the “Most-Traveled Brick Mason in the World” as he visited places that spanned four continents. His travels included most every state in the US including Alaska and Hawaii; as well as countries like Canada, Mexico, Haiti, Columbia, Jamacia, Spain, and Egypt.
Tom loved his family deeply and provided an outstanding example to his children, nieces, nephews and so many others on what it is to be a faithful, kind follower of Christ. We love you so dearly and will miss your strong, gentle guidance and your comforting gift of presence, but we know you are worshiping our Savior face to face now and we look forward to being reunited with you.
Tom is survived by son, Tom Jr. and his wife, Lori, their daughter, Emma and their son, Joshua and his wife, Abby; son, Troy and his wife Cheryl and their daughter, Briann and their son, Rob; son, Trent and his wife, Angel and their daughter, Chandler and her husband Cam, and their daughters, Addyson, and Landrey; brother, Harold Messick; sisters, Janice Palmer and Julia Hauser and numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to very special neighbors and friends that loved and cared for Dad daily. You selflessly shared your time, talents, presence, and children in a way that enhanced his life beyond measure. He loved you as family!
A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Monday, August 7, 2023 at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel by Matt Huddleston, Minister. Burial will follow at the Warners Chapel Church of Christ cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Sunday, August 6, 2023 at the funeral home. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed towards Sally’s Angels. Sally’s Angels is a nonprofit started in 2006 that provides essential and non-essential support for critically and chronically ill children and their families that are receiving medical care in our region.
Sally’s Angels, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021. Checks can be made out to “Brenner Children’s Hospital” and “Sally’s Angel Fund” can be written in the memo line.
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.