CMSgt. James Edward Merrell
Jackie: We extend our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Jim was a man of great character; once your friend, a friend forever.
You and your family can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. May God wipe away your tears, for Jim is now in a place were there is no sorrow or pain.
The Final Salute
“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.
This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to James Edward Merrell our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Jim. And to Jim it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Korean and Vietnam Wars while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Jim, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, Generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.
On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Jim's family and loved ones.
Bobby L. Williams, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
James Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
Jackie and family,
Not a finer man than Jim. I was always happy to see his smile. I was fortunate to travel the world with him and got to know Jim very well. He loved our God, his Jackie and his family.Family was the center of his universe and he talked about ya'll all the time. Doing anything with Jim was fun because he was such a warm and loving person. Just know you and your family are in our prayers.
Jackie dear, may the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and the family during these difficult days. Jim was a good and faithful servant and he will be missed. Mack & Joan Lee
Dear Jackie and family,
Jim was the greatest man I ever knew. As a young airman moving in to our first home across the street in 1987, he quickly introduced himself helping us adapt to our new life away from our family and making us feel at home. He was definitely a man's man, tough, strong, energetic, outgoing, but at the same time gentle, kind and loving. Everything that he was, I was inspired to become. He taught me a lot of things that I never had a chance to tell him. He taught me what being a good neighbor is all about and more importantly about love for family.
I often times said to my wife that I wished I had a Dad like Jim. He is a like a Rock and it shows at the incredibly awesome family that him and Jackie have raised. Whenever I entered their home I felt like I was at home. He inspired me to become a better man and to always love your neighbors and your family no matter what, because in the end that's all you got. I often times wondered why we remained in the house across the street for so long, but now I know.
I know he is in heaven with our Lord and Savior, so speaking to you now Jim, thanks for blessing my life and I am so proud to have had a friend like you!