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Benny Frank Merritt Jr.
GREENVILLE, AL: Benny Frank Merritt Jr. passed away on November 27, 2012, in Greenville Alabama. Benny was born on June 13, 1960, in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of Margaret (Gustafson) Merritt and Ben Frank Merritt Sr.
Benny attended Madison and Ontario schools class of 1979. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 16, with doctors giving him only months to live. Unwilling to accept such a dire prognosis, his loving family sought alternative treatments in Mexico. Benny beat all odds and went on to marry Kimberly Houston, who survives, on April 14, 1980. Together they were a very successful husband and wife team managing Stuckey's stores across the Midwest and Southern US. Their tireless work was rewarded by being given more opportunities within the company throughout the years.
Together, they raised three wonderful children, who survive, Benny Frank "Benji" (Elizebeth Brown) Merritt III, Sergeant with the Talassee, Alabama Police Department; and Corporal in the US Army National Guard, Daniel (Tish Johnson), who followed in his father's footsteps to own and manage his own Stuckey's store in Hope Hull, Alabama, Angela "Anji" (Joe) Peeples, an accounting student at State Fair Community College - Marshall, Missouri they reside in Nelson, Missouri; Mr. Merritt is also survived by one brother and three sisters, Patrick T. "Terry" (Brenda Dailey) Merritt of Concord, North Carolina, Deborah (Daniel) Lewis of Salisbury, North Carolina; Mary (Chuck) Atherton of Mansfield; and, Ann Merritt of Salisbury, North Carolina; other survivors include 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; best friends: Chuck Atherton, Stanley Miller, and Jimmy Smarjeff; all of Mansfield; together, the four friends were affectionately known as "Benny And The Jets." Benny was preceded in death by his loving parents.
Published in the News Journal on Dec. 23, 2012