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Carl “Fat Arms” Miller-Messer, age 87, of Middlesboro, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the Middlesboro ARH Hospital.

Carl was born in Harlan County, Kentucky, on August 22, 1932, to the late Nelson Messer and Susetta (Griffith) Miller.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law Bill and Betty Messer.

Surviving family include his guardian “angel” Angela and Jason Abbott of Middlesboro, a special sister, Caitlin (and Holden) North and the guardian’s parents: Mossie Miller and Charlotte and Winford Abbott and the family dog, Comet.

Carl was a member of the Stoney Fork Pentecostal Church.  He loved being outdoors, going to church, working puzzles and coloring activities.  Anyone who knew Carl loved him.  He will be greatly missed.

Graveside funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the Keith-Morrow Cemetery of the Day Ridge Community in Whitley City, Kentucky.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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sorry to hear of Carl's passing. He would come into the Pine Knot Branch Bank and always wanted a calendar. I hadn't heard anything from him after he went to stay with his brother Bill. Sorry I missed the funeral. I didn't get the message about his passing and was talking to a friend today and found out. He was a kind soul. Sue Meadors.

Sue Meadors Sep 27 2019 12:00 AM

Many memories of Carl as he was in our parent's store many times through the years in Pine Knot. Prayers for the family and may he rest in peace.
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Janice Scates Sep 24 2019 12:00 AM

In our journey, we meet people who inspire us, people who we connect to instantly and people who though different from ourselves show us an aspect of our own humanity we might not have known without the chance meeting. Saturday, such a person went home to be with the Lord and although I knew him for just a few short years and was not around him much, I looked forward to seeing him every time and every time was memorable. Rest In Peace Carl J Messer from Pine Knot, Kentucky...... you were loved by all who knew you. Prayers for his family as they will miss him dearly.

Jody North Sep 23 2019 12:00 AM