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403 North Austin Avenue
Lamesa, TX 79331
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Bessie Merrill

March 12, 1934 - December 5, 2017

Services for Bessie Merrill, 83, of Lamesa will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Lamesa with Pastor Jim Medley officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson County Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Branon Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Branon Funeral Home. Bessie passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017 peacefully in her sleep at her home. She was born March 12, 1934 to Luther and Lois (Hardgrave) Smith in Brownfield, Texas. She married Bill Merrill in Seminole, Texas on January 3, 1951 they were married 64 years. She was very talented and artistic in anything she attempted. She was a member of First Baptist Church for many years. Bessie is survived by her children; Shelia Mitchell Paulk and husband, Larry, Clay Merrill and wife, Cindy, Terry Don Merrill and Lanita Rickman and husband, Kennard all of Lamesa, Neil Merrill and wife, Carole of San Antonio, Texas and Cliff Merrill of Phoenix, Arizona; brother in law, Jim McCutchen and wife, Francess of Levelland; 16 grandchildren and many loving great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; grandson, Levi Rickman; and sisters, Thenia Metcalf and Mary Delong. In lieu of flowers please send donations to First Baptist Church of Lamesa Bereavement Committee 801 S. 1st. Lamesa, Texas. , Lamesa, Texas. To send condolences online, please visit


Bessie Merrill
March 12, 1934 - December 5, 2017


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