Messer family appreciates support

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By The Staff

The family of Cpl. Charles "Charlie" E. Messer would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all their thoughts, actions and prayers during this most difficult time for our family.

We especially would like to thank the following for going above and beyond: Lancaster Funeral Home, police and sheriff's departments of Fort Lawn, Lancaster and Chester, the reporters who covered the life and death of Charlie in depth, giving family and friends keepsake articles, Channel 9 News for air time to share Charlie's story with viewers, the Patriot Guard riders for the escorts they provided for Charlie and our family and doing so in the cold rain and a special thank you to Sgt. 1st Class Jorge Rivera of the Casualty Affairs Office and the 2-7 4th Brigade, 1st Calvary and Dr. Knox from Lewisville High School.

We thank you all more than words can ever express. We only ask now that you will keep us in your prayers as we continue through life's journey without Charlie.

We know it will be very difficult, but we know God called Charlie home to be with him. Again, thank you all.

The Messer Family

Fort Lawn