Max Melvin Merriman, 80, of Jonesboro, died Monday, July 31, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn.
He was born in Doniphan to Lee and Nola Merriman on July 31, 1926. He was in the Navy during World War II and served on the U.S. Vincennes as a Seaman First Class where he manned a five-inch gun during the last few months of the war in 1945. He married Jean Sharpe of Doniphan in 1949.
He managed Kroger Stores in Doniphan and Dexter before moving to Poplar Bluff in 1962 to work for Wetterau Foods as a service representative specializing in store startup. His route covered portions of Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois.
In 1965, Mr. Merriman realized his dream of owning his own store when he moved to Jonesboro and opened Merriman IGA. He ran Merriman IGA until 1984 when it became Merriman Food World. He retired in 1986 to focus on bass fishing, gardening, traveling and family. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro and Jonesboro Bass Club.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Jack and Charles Merriman; and his sister, Kate Elkins, all of Doniphan.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Merriman of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Janet Merriman and Jim and Donna Merriman, all of Jonesboro, Ark.; granddaughter, Katherine Merriman of Fayetteville, Ark.; one brother, Kenneth Merriman of Doniphan; two sisters, Lorraine Barnes of Heber Springs, Ark., and Nancy Worley of Memphis, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro, Ark., with Ross Burton and Kathy Holler officiating. His nephew John Barnes will give the eulogy.
Entombment will follow in the family mausoleum at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Terry Glenn, Jerry Turner, Paul Sneathern, Ronnie Kelley, Kent Kelley, and Paul Osborn; and as honorary pallbearers, Jim Osborn, A.D. Loveless, Jim Dietrick, Al Young, Charles Sefers, Chili Davis, and the Jonesboro Bass Club.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, at the funeral home.
Mr. Merriman succumbed after a lengthy battle with cancer and wished memorials be made to Baptist Memorial Hospital East, c/o Fifth Floor Myelosupression Unit, East Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, Tenn. 38120; or First Baptist Church Building Fund, 701 S. Main St., Jonesboro, Ark. 72401.