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Jan 5 2007  


MOUNT VERNON - Dennis Earl Merrick, age 54, passed away on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at his home.


He was born on March 28, 1952, the only child of Huell Brandon and Mame Frances (Wilson) Merrick in Princeton, Ky.


Dennis is a 1970 graduate of Caldwell County High School and 1978 graduate of Murray State University, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry. He had worked as a chemist in Calvert City, Ky. He and his wife moved to Mount Vernon, Ind., in 1984 to take a chemist position at General Electric Plastics. In 1990, he left G.E. to work at CountryMark Cooperative, Inc. for 17 years of service. He was an active member of First Baptist Church, serving as treasurer, Sunday School teacher, and trustee. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and Volunteer statistician for the MVSHS Football program. Dennis was an avid Murray State Racer fan.


He is preceded in death by his father in 2004 and his mother in 2003.


Dennis is survived by his wife, Kimberly Faye (Willie) Merrick; his two children, Cara Lynn Merrick and Brandon Edward Merrick, all of Mount Vernon, Ind.; his mother -in-law, Faye Willie, of Kirksey, Ky., his brother-and sister-in-law, Mark and Mitzie Willie; his two nephews, Matthew and Ricky Willie, all of Benton, Ky., and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and host of friends.


Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, at Schneider Funeral Home, 512 Main St., in Mount Vernon, with Rev. Deric Ousley and Rev. Darrell Eldridge officiating and burial in Bellefontaine Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, and from 9 a.m. to service time on Monday at Schneider Funeral Home.


Memorial donations may be made to the Wildcats Remembered, Caring Bridge, or the American Cancer Society.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers