Michael Ray "Mike" Merritt, 54, of Kennett, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at his residence.
Born July 15, 1950, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., he was the son of late Chester Merritt and Goldie Johnson Merritt.
On March 4, 1994, in Kennett, he married Linda Walker, who survives.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Merritt; mother-in-law, Frances Walker, of Big Spring, Texas; special children, Darrell and Chanda Rae Jones, of Kennett, Nathan and Renee Sparks, of Caruth, Mo. and Robby and Malinda Sparks, of Victoria, Texas; special grandchildren, Master Luke Jones, of Kennett, Miss Sara Sparks, of Caruth and Masters Seth and Evan Walker Sparks, of Victoria; four sisters, Janiet Adams and her husband, Roger, of St. Louis, Mo., Joyce Francis and her husband, Richard, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Mary Pickens and her husband, Jerald, of Kennett and Alice Patrick and her husband, Erwin, of Cape Fair, Mo.; brothers-in-law, Gary Doherty, Sr., of Kennett, Wayne Walker and sister-in-law, Francene Walker, of Big Spring and many loving nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Goldie Merritt; two sisters, Lois Moody Sinko and Wilma Doherty; one brother, Chess Merritt; special twin granddaughters, Hannah and Madeline Sparks and a baby niece, Stephanie Kay Adams.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with the Rev. Glen Hurst officiating.
Burial will follow at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett.
Pallbearers are Darrell Jones, Steve Poole, George Gurley, Randal Midkiff, Terry Ray Bradley and Jim McGee.