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Merle F. Kimmerly, Jr.

Bossier City, LA—Funeral services celebrating the life of Merle F. Kemmerly, Jr. 86, will be held 2:00pm Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home, Haughton, LA. Visitation will be held from 12:00—2:00 prior to the funeral services. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. Officiating the services will be Bro. Billy Pierce. Merle passed away after a lengthy illness on Sunday, May 13th at Christus Schumpert Grace Home.

Merle was born July 9, 1925 in Crowley, LA to Merle and Carolyn Kemmerly. After growing up in Crowley and graduating from C. E. Byrd High School Merle moved and started his life in Bossier City where he played a pivotal role in establishing Bossier City's nightclub scene known as "The Bossier Strip". He built and operated some of the biggest and best known nightclubs on the strip starting with Kim's and ending with Sak's Whiskey A Go-Go. After many years in Bossier he moved his nightclub business to Shreveport where he proudly opened the dinner restaurant "The Sandpiper" and later changing it to the country and western giant "Cheyenne Lily's.

Merle's first love and passion in his life was the sport of Trapshooting where he excelled and earned multiple awards. He will always be remembered as "one of the most prominent Louisiana trap shooters of all time". His trapshooting accomplishments are impeccable, achieving flawless top rankings and numerous accolades in countless competitions such as Grand American, Louisiana State Shoot and Texas Open. Over a period of roughly 60 years merle Kemmerly concluded his trapshooting career as the first shooter elected to the Louisiana Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1999 and inductions to the ArkLaTex Sportsman's Hall of Fame and the C. E. Byrd Hall of Fame in 2009. He was the first amateur to break 100 straight doubles at the Grand American. Merle was selected to three Trap and Field All-American Trap teams. He was named First Team All-American; Trap and Field All Around award and led the nation in High Average Doubles. Merle won the National Class C Doubles at the Grand American in 1947 the year that he took up the sport. He was the Runner-Up in the Dayton Homecoming after breaking the national record for 350 Straight Singles at the Grand American. Merle won eight state titles and also won state title in all of the events, State Singles, Doubles, Handicap and All-Around competitions at least twice. His proudest record was when he broke 498 out of 500 in a 500 bird marathon, missing the first bird. Merle maintained a 97% Singles average on 67,000 targets. He was loved and revered by his fellow members and friends at the Shreveport Gun Club and Red-Chute Gun Club. He will be missed by his many friends in the trapshooting sport where he is leaving behind a grand legacy filled with unparalleled firsts and accomplishments in the sport.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents, Merle Sr. and Carolyn, his wife Pauline Howell Kemmerly and the mother of his two daughters, Elizabeth June Collins.

He is survived by his brother Richard Kemmerly and wife Carol of Irving, TX; his sons: Merle "Tooke" Kemmerly, III and wife Nan of Atlanta, GA., Kim D. Kemmerly of Natchitoches, LA and two daughters: Melanie Ross and husband Bob of Bossier City, LA and Karlos Tuminello and husband Dominic of Harvey, LA. Mr. Kemmerly is also survived by his grand children: Scarlet, Brandy, Elizabeth, Kelcie and Loren along with numerous great grandchildren.

Honoring Merle as pallbearers will be William Cupples, Gerd Feierlein, Robert LaBorde, Corey Manning, Don Meyers, Jon Paul Rearick, Ray Waller and Loren Tuminello. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Red-Chute Gun Club.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the caretakers at Christus Schumpert Grace Home for their devoted compassion to their father during his stay with them. The family would also like to thanks and gratitude to all of Merle's friends and neighbors from Debra Street.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Merle's name to Christus Schumpert Grace Home One St. Mary's Place Shreveport, LA 71101.

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Published in Shreveport Times on May 16, 2012.
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May 24, 2012
Merle was one of my dad's best friends. Hopefully they are together now somewhere...

Ted Vascocu
May 21, 2012
I have been in touch with Carol Kemmerly and I just wanted to reach out with my heartfelt sympathies to you and the whole family. Uncle Merle was always so kind to me when I visited Gammie. I'm sorry we have never met. Please feel free to keep in touch.

Cynthia (Kemmerly) Ashburn
Richard Kemmerly,s Daughter
Cynthia Ashburn(Kemmerly)
May 17, 2012
We are sorry to read about your dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Bob, Kelsey, and the rest of your family.
Lee and Mimi Harvill
May 17, 2012
To All The Family,
Oh..... the memories, How they are flooding to my mind. I thank the Lord for them amd also all of you and Mr. Merle!!!! We had alot of good ole' times back in the day yep "The Bossier Strip" He and dad ( C.R.) and of course many others had a grand ole' time and I am sure they are having a better time now hearing the beautiful trumpets blowing. Please know my prayers are with you all, "Tooke" you may not remember me, Kim, Melanie I hope you do and Carlos maybe,we were youngsters, LOL, it has been a long time I love you all and will keep you all in my heart and prayers.... May God keep you close and bless you with comfort! I LOVE YOU ALL-GOD BLESS
Pam Thorn Dempsey
Pam Thorn Dempsey
May 17, 2012
Merle Kimmerly was/is an Icon and will be remembered as a great business man.. My heart goes out to all his children, especially to Melanie, who was there till the end.. I love you, Mel and Carlos.. always..
Debbie Pool James
May 17, 2012
I am deeply saddened by the loss of your father. We are with you during this time of grief. May your immortal love and memories provide some comfort during this difficult time.
McKenzie Hedges
May 17, 2012
It broke my heart to hear of youre Dad's passing. I too worked at Lillie's, front bar and resturant end (yep, with June)! What memories I hold. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with yall.
Marilyn Cheatham
May 16, 2012
I remember hanging out with Merle over Twenty years ago at The Sandpiper,those nights sitting,talking and laughing with him in the office,seem like yesterday.I miss those times.Merle you were one of a kind.I will never forget you.Rest in peace.
David Ain
May 16, 2012
Thanks for the memories Merle... Rest In Peace... I know there is a place your hanging out in there.. :).
Kim Gregory
May 16, 2012
I had the honor to work for Merle at Lilly's twice. He was o e of a kind, and he taught me a ton. Losing him is marking the end of an era. He will be missed.
Robin VosburyRobinV
May 16, 2012
May 16, 2012
Melanie, so sorry about the loss of your dad. He sounds like quite a man. Know that Ralph and I are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Love to Bob and Chelsea.
Ralph and Ruth Conklin
May 16, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
KK Lauck
May 16, 2012
Mr. Merle was quite a legend and provided many "developing" musicians great places to play locally. My prayers and sympathy go out to the family.
Rusty Bethley
May 16, 2012
Merle was the best. A good friend to me as well as Trap Shooting Mentor. Merle will be missed by many....Lloyd Tuggle
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