George B. Mess, 89, a retired automobile and real estate salesman and a lifelong Washington area resident, died Tuesday at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. after a stroke.

Mr. Mess was visiting a daughter, Malinda Smith of Fredericksburg, when he was stricken. He lived with another daughter, Georgie M. Edgerton of Mount Airy, Md.

He was born in Washington and graduated from Central High School here. He attended the University of Maryland.

He worked for the now-defunct Stanly Horner Buick Agency and was a self-employed real estate salesman for more than 30 years before retiring in 1965.

Mr. Mess was a second lieutenant in the Army in France during World War I. He was a life member of the American Legion Cissel-Saxon Post in Silver Spring and a member of the Knights of Columbus Rosenteel Council in Forest Glen, the Disabled Officers Association and the Disabled Army Veterans.

He lived in Kensington and was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church there for more than 15 years. He attended St. Paul's Catholic Church in Damascus.

Besides Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Edgerton, survivors include his wife of 63 years, Natalie L., also of Mount Airy; another daughter Natalie L. Mello of Phoenix, 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.