OBITUARY

CMSgt. James Edward Merrell

February 11, 1934November 5, 2013
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CMSgt. James (Jim/Grandpa) Edward Merrell (Retired USAF) Bossier City, LA Jim passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. after an extended battle with prostate cancer. He was born February 11, 1934 to James and Fern (Chase) Merrell in Williamson County, IL. Jim was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing and golfing. Among his golfing accomplishments were the rare feats of shooting his age and sinking a hole in one. Jim retired in 1982 after 30 years of service with the USAF as Chief Master Sergeant. He served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He served as the 8th Air Force Gunner during the latter years of his career. He retired a second time in 1996 from Frymaster where he served as International Training Director. A memorial service for James E. Merrell will be held on November 9, 2013, Saturday, at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Airline Drive in Bossier City, at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Dan Hignight will be officiating the service. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Fern Merrell, sister, Jeanette Owen, step-mother, Betty Merrell and brother, J.W. “Dub” Merrell. Jim is survived by his loving family; wife, Jackie; son, Larry Merrell (Janet); daughter, Linda Hughes (Henry); grandsons, Patrick and Cameron Merrell; granddaughters, Jessica, Mallory (Tristen), Anna Beth Hughes; sisters, Janice Behn and Darla York (Danny); and brothers, David Merrell (Joyce) and Terry “Rock” Merrell (Judy); and numerous nephews and nieces. He is also the honorary Grandpa to many. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that you honor Jim with donations made to the Shriner’s Hospital, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, LA or to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC. You may share your memories with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 9, 2013
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CMSgt. James Edward Merrell

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December 10, 2013

JACKIE AND FAMILY, MARIE AND I RECEIVED WORD OF JIMS LAST FLIGHT AND WE ARE SADDENDED BUT REJOICING IN THE KNOWLEDGE WE HAVE OF THIS GREAT GUY AND THE FOND MEMORIES WE HAVE OF YOU TWO. SOME OF THE TIMES AT ELLSWORTH, HIS REENLISTMENT ON A CHROME DOME FLIGHT OVER THE NORTH POLE, THE LAST TRAINING FLIGHT OF A B-36 AT RAPID CITY, WE SHARED THAT, TRYING TO REPAIR, I BELIEVE A 1956 FORD, IN THE BASE HOBBY SHOP, WE MUST HAVE HAD THAT REAR END OUT OF THAT CAR TEN TIMES.
A GOOD FRIEND THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED BY ALL THAT KNEW HIM AND BE MISSED BY ALL OF US.
MARIE AND I WILL KEEP YOU AND YOURS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, LOVE TO YOU ALL, ALLEN & MARIE DUNCAN GETTYSBURG,PA.

Diana and Ken Baughman and familoy

November 18, 2013

Jackie and family, I know Jim will be deeply be missed by all. You all have a special place in our hearts. Love you all.

Jean Gilliam

November 11, 2013

While clouds cover the sky
Sometimes they are dark and gloomy
Like the sadness you have today
Other times they shine with beams of light like
That coming from heaven above
Light overcomes gloom
May the sight of the clouds
Give you comfort
At this time of sorrow
As the rays of God shows through
With Sincere Sympathy

Jean Gilliam
Poem written July 27, 2008

November 11, 2013

No words can express the sorrow we feel for this great guy !!!! Jackie , you and Jim always had a SPECIAL place in our hearts!!!!! Loved the times we had together !!!! Love to you Jackie,Larry Linda and families

Chuck Primeaux

November 10, 2013

You were loved and respect by all. See you soon. We will miss you at the golf course. Chuck

wanda

November 10, 2013

Jackie, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. I remember the times when you came to visit. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Hugs

November 9, 2013

Jackie, Larry, Linda and families - My sincere sympathy goes out to all of you. When I heard the news of his passing I instantly thought of his smile. So many of the comments in his guestbook have referred to that also. The respect he achieved through his service to our country and his love for God and family is so evident through all of these tributes. Hugs and prayers to you all. Kathy Duxbury Meyer

randy tisdale

November 9, 2013

Jackie,

Marilyn and I are so sorry to hear about Jim . He was such a wonderful person and someone who will be very missed . It was a pleasure to know him and all of you family . May God be with you as you go through this difficult time .
Randy Tisdale

Stanley Takara

November 9, 2013

Jackie and Family,

Julia and I extend our deepest sympathy. As you know, Jim and I served together at HQ 8th Air Force, Strategic Air Command. I will always remember Jim as a honorable gentlemen, a great sportsman, and a true patriot. Jim flew as a B-52 gunner which was a significant position on the B-52 during the Vietnam era. God bless you and your family.

Stanley Takara
Lt Col, USAF Retired

November 9, 2013

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU THIS MORNING. KNOW JIM HAS PUT UP A GOOD FIGHT, BUT WE KNOW ALSO THAT HE IS HOME WITH HIS HEAVENLY FATHER AND HIS FAMIL THAT HAS PRECEDED HIM,. LOVE TO YOU ALL. BOB AND ROSIE