Luther Denny Denny Mercer

March 8, 1931March 6, 2012

Luther Denny Mercer, 80, of Apex, NC passed away Tuesday evening, March 6, 2012, with family by his side. He was born to Luther Wesley and Geneva (Jones) Mercer in Moundsville, WV on March 8, 1931.

Denny had great love for his family and friends. He never hesitated to talk to anyone and everyone liked him. Denny’s passion was flying. He received his pilot’s license at age 17. He was co-founder of Experimental Aircraft Association 1114 in Apex/Cary. He owned various small airplanes throughout his life and introduced many to aerobatics. Living on a grass airfield in Apex, he always said, “When I die and go to Heaven, it will be a lateral move.”

Denny is survived by his wife Rita Nalley Mercer; daughters Bonnie Mercer Quattlebaum (husband Karl) of Carolina Beach, NC, and Denise Mercer Kramer (husband Wayne) of Oakland, MD; step-daughter Angela Rasmussen (husband Dean) of Richmond, VA; grandchildren Jeff, Katie, Betsy, Haley, Annabelle, Rodney, and Eric; and three great grandchildren Dylan, Autumn and Jake. He is also survived by two brothers and one sister.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11:00 am at Apex United Methodist Church, 100 S. Hughes St, Apex, NC. Burial will immediately follow in the Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery, 724 Beaver Creek Rd, Apex, NC.

Following the Graveside, family will receive friends at the East end of Cox Field, 1616 Hwy 64 West, Apex, N.C.

Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made in Denny’s name to Children’s Flight of Hope, Inc., 205 New Edition Ct, Cary, N.C. 27511, or to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 724 Beaver Creek Rd, Apex, N.C. 27502

Arrangements under the direction of Apex Funeral Home, Apex, North Carolina.


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Phil Brown

March 20, 2012

Lisa and I are so sorry to get this news. We have been traveling and just returned to North Carolina this past week. Denny was a great man but you already knew this. As I began my own path to the sky he was always ready with kind words of encouragement and superb advice on how to correct my many imperfections. I will forever remember our rolls and loops in the Extra 300 all the way to the Virginia Air Show. My aerobatics were terrible but he did not care. He always had a "thumbs up" for me and a big smile when I eventually got it right. We will miss him.
Phil and Lisa Brown

Pete & Penny Beal

March 13, 2012

Pete and I are just beside ourselves over the loss of Denny. We've never known anyone quite like him. From that first day we met you and Denny...when we showed up on your doorstep asking for a tour...not too many people would open their homes to strangers. You not only shared your home, but Denny snuck Pete out to the hangar to show off his plane. Although it would be a few years before we would meet again, it was like meeting up with an old friend. Pete would probably still be looking for a plane to buy had it not been for the patience and friendship and guidance of Denny (and Tom). We loved stopping by for a visit. Pete would get some advice and I would get a great hug. We always left with a smile. Denny loved life and we loved Denny. Pete and I are here for you, should you need anything at all.
Penny & Pete

Dale Carter

March 12, 2012

To Rita and all of Denny's family,
I was shocked to hear of your loss. It's been awhile since I've touched base with my Cox Field flying mates but I share in their sadness and loss of one of the best ambassadors recreational flying could have. I regret I didn't find out about his passing until it was too late to attend the service or visitation as I surely would have been there. Children's Flight of Hope is also near and dear to me, so I will be making a donation in his memory.

Richard Whitfield

March 12, 2012

Rita and family. We were very sad to hear about Denny. I enjoyed my time working with you. May God bless you.
Rick Whitfield and family

Darin Sujjavanich

March 12, 2012

Dear Mrs. Mercer,

The Sujjavanich Family cherishes the memory of dear Mr. Mercer - as neighbor - and as friend.

With deepest condolences and love,
Darin and the Sujjavanich Family

March 10, 2012

Dear Rita,
Wayne, Brian,Benjamin and I will never forget our dear friend...
Bernice Westerhold, Cary,NC

Bill and Jovita Lovin

March 10, 2012

Mr. Mercer's lover of flying was surely an inspiration and brought happiness to many. As neighbors, seeing the planes in the air gave us a reason to pause in our daily lives and look upward, even if just for a brief moment, making us a litle more appreciative of life. May the sadness that you feel be replaced over time with the memories you have of him.
Bill and Jovita Lovin

Betty Comer

March 10, 2012

I am sad to learn of an old friend's passing away. My love and prayers are with you, Bonnie and Denise and with all your family.

Tom & Janet Malechuk

March 10, 2012

We will miss that smiling face that always had a friendly greeting for us. We enjoyed Denny and his stories and wisdom for many years. We know the Lord will provide comfort and peace to his family as they grieve the loss of this very special man.

Guardian Aviation

March 10, 2012

Dear Rita and Family, Denny was one of a kind with his kindness and class. A real gentleman whose greeting always included a big squeeze hug. We loved his chuckle when he was telling a story, and his playful banter with the friends he so loved and held dear. We will miss seeing him visit our hangar, but know his memory will be "flying high" with us always in our hearts!