Barbara Ann Messimer, of Rockwood, passed away Friday, February 16, 2024, at the home of her daughter. She was born April 13, 1943, in Loudon, Tennessee. She earned her G.E.D. and went on to attend Walters State Community College. Barbara started her career in the area of hosiery mills in Roane Count. She was later a longtime employee of Dollywood in Pigeon Forge and most recently retired as an associate from Wal-Mart in Jefferson City. Barbara loved to travel, but most of all she loved her family dearly, especially her children and grandchildren. Barbara’s life was not always easy, but her strength and determination brought her through. She was a true warrior.

She was preceded in death by her father: Joe Hinds; mother: Myrtle Hinds Hodge; stepfather: George Hodge; brothers: Willis Hinds, Joe Hinds, Jr., Charles Hinds, and John Hinds; and sisters: Audrey Nell Hinds, Evelyn Easter, and Dora “Dorrie” Dalton.

Survivors include her daughter: Tracy Hill of Rockwood; son: Kenneth Paul Messimer, Jr. (Jo Ann) of Rockwood; grandchildren: Nathan Adam Arnn, Tia Yates (James), Joshalyn Phillips (Logan), Daniel Messimer (April), Kenneth Samuel “Beau” Messimer, and Hunter Messimer; great-grandchildren: Kylie, Paisley, and Huntleigh Yates, Cheyenne & Kiara Phillips, and Hazel Gail Hamby; sister: Peggy Kirkland of Rockwood (Daysville); special niece: Tammy Gill; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Family and friends will meet on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood with Bro. Mike Garrett officiating for graveside services and interment.

Evans Mortuary in Rockwood is serving the family.