Edith "Mama" Caroline Messer Pressley

February 19, 1923March 26, 2018

Edith " Mama" Caroline Messer Pressley

Waynesville, NC - Edith "Mama" Caroline Messer Pressley, 95, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 26, 2018 at The Homestead. She was born in Haywood County on February 19, 1923 to the late Milas and Nancy Sutton Messer.

Edith was a longtime farmer in our community. She worked at Haywood Community College for many years in the Cafeteria. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting and raising her beautiful flowers. She was a member of Faith Tabernacle Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny "JR" Pressley; thirteen brothers and sisters; two daughters, Betsy Pressley and Nancy Green; one granddaughter, Carolyn Smathers; one grandson, Billy Joe Sluder; three son-in-laws, Ray Smathers, Bill Green, and Bryan McClure.

Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters, Joyce Frady (Kenneth), Judy Smathers McClure, Rose Hightower, Margaret Sluder (Roger); two sons, Max Pressley and JB Pressley (Helen); her very special companion Yorkie, Jazzy; sixteen grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren; ten great great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Friday, March 30, 2018 in the chapel of Garrett Funeral Home with the Reverend Johnny Passmore officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery.

At other times the family will be at the home of Margaret Sluder, 4735 Jonathan Creek Road, Waynesville, NC 28785

Memorial Contributions may be made to Haywood County Meals on Wheels.

A message of comfort may be left to the family at


  • Visitation Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Funeral Services Friday, March 30, 2018

Edith "Mama" Caroline Messer Pressley

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Tracie FRADY

April 18, 2018

To the family and friends she was a very special person to everyone and my children Sara FRADY and Brody FRADY really loved her and she will be missed but never forgotten my prayers and thoughts are with you all may God bless each and everyone through your loss but she is a little angel know still watching over her loved ones. Rest in peace dear Mrs pressley U we're a very special person to me and my children God took a 👼 angel home!

Joyce Pressley Frady

April 17, 2018

I miss your sweet singing voice and presence beside me in church. Rest well, sweet Mama. See you soon.


April 2, 2018

A lovely lady who enjoyed her flowers and sharing her heritage with the museum here at the Red Barn.
We are sadden by her passing and will miss her stories of growing up here in Haywood County.
Are prayers are with the family.

Judy Pressley-Smathers-McClure

March 29, 2018

Mama I will always love you and remember all that you taught me. Especially how to be strong. You were the strongest most loving and graceful woman that ever graced this earth. You lived a hard life but never complained about anything. Now you will rest in peace and be happy rejoicing with friends and family and the the Lord. You have served the Lord well and you are now one of his angels. Sing for us Mama until we see you again. I love you.

Brent & Elaine Smith

March 28, 2018

For Rusty...
Prayers for angels in your time of loss.
Condolences, HUGS, and Peace.

Sue Shirley

March 28, 2018

I’m going to miss stopping by to deliver a Meals on Wheels meal to Mrs. Presley. She loved her family and was surrounded by their photos. I liked to listen to her tell me about them.

Shirley Messer Royal

March 27, 2018

My most heartfelt condolences to my cousin Max & to JB, and all of my family, in this time of such a great loss of my Beloved Little Aunt Edith. I will miss talking to and visiting you, when I'm in NC. Love & prayers for comfort & peace that surpasses all human understanding.
Most sincerely,
Shirley Messer Royal
(Leo Messer's daughter)