Douglas Wayne Merchant, age 59, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022, at his residents in Marion, IL. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 11:00 AM until 12:50 PM at Wolf Funeral Services in Morton, MS. Services will take place at 1:00 PM in the Funeral Home Chapel Pastor Bob Dickerson will officiate under the direction of Wolf Funeral Services. A service to celebrate his life will be held at First Baptist Church in Marion IL at a later date.
Doug was born to George Merchant and Shirley Patrick Merchant on June 23, 1963, in Jackson, MS. He moved from Brandon, MS to Marion, IL and has lived there since 2017. Doug enjoyed golfing, road trips and traveling, especially where adventures like hiking or rafting were involved. His favorite trip was to Alaska. Doug was a Mega Fan of Mississippi State. He loved Jesus, his wife Debra who was his ride or die, his dogs Buster and Rascoe, his cat Rocky and all of his family. Doug was involved with his church and liked listening to the Gaithers. He will be missed and his memory will be cherished.
Doug is preceded in death by his father, George Merchant. He is survived by his wife, Debra Merchant; mother, Shirley Merchant; two children, Ryan Lawrence (Laura) of Quincy, IL and Amanda Lawrence of Quincy, IL; two brothers, Kirk Merchant of Morton, MS and Karl Merchant (Sharon) of Ocean Springs, MS; sister, Amy Merchant of Florence, MS; four grandchildren, Austin, Alex, Eddie and Oliver Lawrence; nephews, Matthew Merchant and Hunter Pierce and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Kirk Merchant, Karl Merchant, Ryan Lawrence and Phil Crum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to: American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.
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