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Mt. Bethel Freewill Baptist Church
Thursday February 6th, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Wayne Joseph Messenger Sr.



It is with great sadness that the family of Wayne Joseph Messenger Sr announces his passing on Sunday, February 2, at the age of 64.  He took his last breath peacefully in his sleep at Unity LTAC Center after a 45-day battle with his health. 

Wayne was born in 1955 in Rockford, IL to the late William and Margaruite (Flood) Messenger. He grew up between Illinois and Michigan and later settled with his family in Arkansas in 1993. Wayne was a devoted husband and a loving father. He was one of a kind with a heart of gold. He had a great sense of humor and was always quick with a sarcastic comment, but even quicker with a compliment. Wayne worked hard his whole life and would do any work necessary to take care of his family. He loved being outdoors whether it be fishing, riding four-wheelers, working in the yard, or planning his next project. Wayne’s infamous words were “If you’re not having fun, you’re wasting time.” He took great pride in his grandchildren and great grandchildren and he was an awesome Papa. 

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Shari; one son, Wayne Messenger Jr (Dee) of Higginson; three daughters, Jennifer Castera of Searcy and Johanna Arsenault (Casey) of Wixom, MI and Alivia Rose of Judsonia; one step-daughter, Tawnya Brewer of North Little Rock; two brothers, William Messenger (Nancy) of Oregon, IL and Warren Messenger (Sandy) of Romulus, MI; and three sisters, Peggy Sliwa (John) , Mary Heading (Doug) all of MI, and Marie Whitesell (Jeff) of WI; eighteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two children; Jeffrey Rauch and Heather Peirce.



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Thinking of you Jennifer. We are mourning together for families. Your dad was too young. Prayers for all.

Nancy Johnson
Ward, AR

Nancy Feb 11 2020 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to see Wayne go. He was truly unique and a great Papa Wayne to my boys. RIL Wayne. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Carrie Cook-Castera Feb 4 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Wayne Messenger Sr.

Shari Messenger Feb 4 2020 12:00 AM

RIP my dear cousin. Wayne was a awesome person inside n out! He could always put a smile on your face. He's surely going to be missed. The last time I got a hug was about 5yrs ago when he was up visiting. Love you Wayne give Roxanne a big hug for me.

Natalie Feb 4 2020 12:00 AM

Four years ago I met this fine man and was privileged to have him come and serve as my manager at my property. He has been a joy and pleasure to work with. He was honest, hard working, dedicated, compassionate, and fair. Just to name a few- he will be dearly missed. Deepest sympathy to Shari and Alivia and all the family! I am proud to have known Wayne. Love and prayers from Jeannie, Bill, Megan and Sierra Bright

Jeannie Bright Feb 4 2020 12:00 AM

Wayne & Dee; Our thoughts and prayers are with you; Johnny & Mary Hodges

Johnny Hodges Feb 3 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Wayne Messenger Sr.

Patricia Buffaloe Feb 3 2020 12:00 AM

Heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Wayne was a very special man and he will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Liz De Arvil Feb 3 2020 12:00 AM

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Keith and Nikki Harper

Nikki and Keith Harper Feb 3 2020 12:00 AM