Johnnie Pippin Merchant, 78 of Ft. Walton Beach, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Westwood Healthcare surrounded by her beloved sister and family. Ms. Merchant was born in Noma, on Nov. 17, 1935 to the late Eric and Bessie Anderson Pippin. She was a graduate of Holmes County High School, attended Judson College, graduate of Florida State University receiving her BS and graduate of New Mexico State University receiving her MA. Ms. Merchant retired from the Okaloosa County School Board. She was a member of AOII (Alpha Omicron Pi), Florida State University and Trinity United Methodist Church in Ft. Walton Beach.
She is preceded in death by her parents and niece, Kaye Cain.
She is survived by her beloved sister, Iva Pippin Cain, Ft. Walton Beach; niece, Linda Bryan and husband Kevin, Brantley, Ala., and two great nieces, Kaylin Whitworth, Erica Meredith.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Marvin Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Paula Roane officiating, James & Lipford Funeral Home directing. Expressions of sympathy can be made at James & Lipford Funeral Home