Carrabelle’s Mayor Curley Messer is turning 90.

On Saturday, surrounded by more 100 friends and family members, Curley Messer celebrated his 90th birthday at a surprise party held at the Franklin County Senior Center.

Messer’s family prepared a banquet of barbeque chicken and pork with all the fixins and the evening ended when a huge cake, decorated with a hunting scene, was cut and passed around. The tables were beautifully decorated and a gift table sagged under the weight of cards and packages.

Two of Messer’s brothers, Curt and Bill, traveled from Tennessee for the occasion and his sister Mickey came from Liberty County.

The grace before dining was led by Ron Comb.

Messer was in high spirits, surrounded by his beloved family and especially the grandchildren and great- grandchildren who are so dear to his heart.

He thanked everyone for joining him to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Messer arrived in Carrabelle at age 17 to train at Camp Gordon Johnston during World War II. He met and married Audrey Riley here.

He has worked in law enforcement both for Carrabelle and for the county and has served as mayor on five separate occasions beginning in the 1960s. He is credited with having purchased the city’s first police car and with helping to install the “World’s Smallest Police Station.”