Messex, Arlis Ray

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Friday, June 7, 2019

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Horine Cemetery, Richwoods, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the family in care of Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO


Arlis Ray Messex of Richwoods, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO, June 2, 2019, having reached the age of seventy-three years and nineteen days. Arlis was born in Richwoods on May 13, 1946, son of Albert William Messex and Emma Lucille Messex nee Smith. On January 23, 1971, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Butler and six children came to bless this union.

Arlis is survived by four sons, Wayne Messex and wife, Elizabeth of Richwoods, MO, Benjamin Messex and wife, Dana, of Union, MO, Nicholas Messex and wife, Maggie, and Joshua Messex and wife, Rhonda, all of Richwoods; by two daughters, Sonia Stroup and husband, Kevin, and Jody Smith and husband, Robert, all of Richwoods; by one sisters, Catherine Crews of Gerald, MO; by eighteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Arlis was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Emma Messex; by his wife, Mary Ann Messex; by one brother, Jim Messex and by two sisters, Betty Herrington and Jean Elmore.

Arlis was a Christian and member of Richwoods Freewill Baptist Church in Richwoods, MO. During his working years, he was employed by Richwoods School District as a mechanic. He was also a past member of the Richwoods Lions Club. Arlis was an outdoorsman at heart and fishing and hunting were his favorite hobbies. Nothing made him happier than spending time with his children and grandchildren and he especially enjoyed taking the family on camping trips. Many wonderful memories were created on these trips and will never be forgotten.

A kind and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 7, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Michael Hoggard officiating. Interment was in Horine Cemetery in Richwoods, MO. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.