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Douglas Lee Merchant, 78, of Front Royal, died on Friday, April 16, 2010 at his home.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Robert Reynolds. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Merchant was born November 22, 1931 in Warren County, VA son of the late Emmitt and Nannie Mae Ramey Merchant. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict and retired from Riverton Corporation after 42 years of dedicated service. He was married to the late Evelyn R. Merchant.
Surviving are four sons. John E. Merchant, MGYSGT, USMC, (Ret.) of Havelock, NC, Douglas "Boe" Merchant, Jr. of Front Royal, Steven L. Merchant, MAJOR, USMC, (Ret.), and Mark A. Merchant of Front Royal; one brother Donald Merchant of Front Royal; a special companion of 20 years Della Day of Front Royal; eleven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Along with his parents and wife, Mr. Merchant was preceded in death by two sisters Hazel Haines and Peggy Blevins.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Steven Dale Merchant, Christopher Aaron Merchant, Casey Levi Merchant, Michael Jayson Edwards, Mark A. Merchant, Jr., and Travis James Merchant.
Honorary pallbearers will be Darryl Merchant, Darryl Day, Dwayne Day, Keith Rogers, Joe Wilkins, Kenny Wilkins, Donald Sims, and Jason Smoot.
The family will receive friends on Monday, April 19, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Apr. 19, 2010