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Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)
Saturday March 29th, 2014

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Jay Merchant

Goreville-Jay Merchant, 57, passed away at 7:14pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center. Jay was born on October 17, 1956 in Cape Girardeau, MO to James and Marilyn (Harris) Merchant. He worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections for 30 years. Jay was currently running for Johnson County Sheriff. His hobbies included playing pool, shooting his guns and spending time with his grandchildren.  Jay always had a smile and loved to laugh, he will be greatly missed by all. Survivors include: Children: Andrea Merchant of Arizona Lance Merchant and wife Jessica of Simpson Kelsey Merchant of Marion Granddaughters: Brooklyn and Briley Parents: James Merchant and wife Roni of Simpson Marilyn Webb and husband Chuck of Goreville Mother of his children-Toni Merchant of Goreville He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Guy and Edna Harris and Earl and Elva Merchant. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 3pm at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville with Bro. Leroy Waggoner and Dr. Ron Ferguson officiating. Visitation will also be on Saturday from 1pm-3pm at the funeral home.

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God speed buddy. Pool players

Brent Humphreys Mar 29 2014 7:51 PM

To Jay's children and Tony,so sorry to hear about Jay.was a terrible shock.was a good and great pool buddie .nice man.the last time I seen him. We won first place in pool..good memories of him. You have my deeepest sympathy.it shows us God does take the best

Deloris Burgess Mar 29 2014 6:43 PM

We are so sorry to here about Jay.May god keep his arms around each and everyone of you. Let him comfort and guide you through this difficult time. Jay was a good man. You all are in our prayers and thoughts.

Cindy & Denny Mathis Mar 29 2014 5:24 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Jay's kindness when I was a young teen staying with Uncle Forrest and Aunt Penny. He helped hook me up with a horse ride from the Belknap Farm up to the bluffs. I have always thought that was so thoughtful. Sending prayers and best wishes to you all.

Amy Morgan Mar 29 2014 2:58 PM

So sorry for your loss. Jay was a wonderful person. Our prayers are with you!

Randy and Carol George Mar 29 2014 1:21 PM

Lance and Jim and family So sorry to hear of loss of your dad and son. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family Thinking of you Jason and Lisa Meyer - Funeral Directors Newton,IL

Jason and Lisa Meyer Mar 28 2014 3:54 AM

I had forgotten that Jay and I shared the same birthday. Jay was a wonderful friend to me in high school and junior college. Many memories of traveling to basketball games together with his parents. I am so very sorry for all his family.

Myra Wood Bennett Mar 28 2014 3:03 AM

We are so sorry for your lose. Are prayers are with the family.

Tommy and Carol Cheek Mar 28 2014 12:09 AM

My sympathy and prayers to Jay's loved ones for your loss. I remember Jay for always using his turn signal even when making the turns driving around the Vienna courthouse square. On a more serious note, Jay is remembered as a loyal, genuine, happy, fun-loving person. Jay will be deeply missed.

Jerry Hawkins Mar 27 2014 11:33 PM

You are all in my prayers. Jay was great to work with. He will be missed.

cathy vaughn Mar 27 2014 10:40 PM