Mary Ellen M. Gaddis

Dec 09, 2013

Loving wife, mother, grandmother

CANTON  -- Mary Ellen Messer Gaddis, 72, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

A native of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Thad Bryson Messer Sr. and Zora Conard Messer.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Fain Gaddis; one sister, Lois Rubena Holland; and one brother, Charles Edward Messer.  Mary Ellen enjoyed gardening and playing the organ and piano.  She was a member of Center Pigeon Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, of 56 years, Robert Joseph Gaddis; two daughters, Keva Gaddis Wilson and her husband, Gary, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, and Lora Gaddis Sherrill and her husband, David, of Clyde; one sister, Judy Messer Grant and her husband, the Rev. Dr. J.D. Grant, of Sylva; two brothers, Thad Bryson Messer Jr. and his wife, Edna, of Canton, and Richard Messer and his wife, Judy, of Penrose; five granddaughters, Dana Gaddis, Lauren Wilson Nelms, Haley Wilson Evans, Alex and Katie Sherrill; and three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Jada, and Eli.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Center Pigeon Baptist Church with the Revs. Allen Blanton and Dr. J.D. Grant officiating.  The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at

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