JOSEPH ALCIDE ‘TUTE’ MERRICK JR., departed this life peacefully at his home in Buras La. on Friday December 27, 2019. He was 61 years old and a native and lifelong resident of Buras. He was baptized at the First Mount Zion Baptist Church when it was located in Sunrise La. by the late but great pastor John Clyde Williamson in 1967. He spent most of his life working as a general laborer on various jobs and was known in the community as a person who would help anyone in need. He had a funny sense of humor and could always be counted on as the life of any party.
He was the proud son of the late Joseph Alcide Merrick Sr. and Beatrice Lafrance Merrick. Father of Hiwanis (Tracy) Lewis, Teirra (Donald) Smith, DeMesmen Jordan and the late Christy Merrick. He shared a special bond with his siblings Alice Merrick, Barbara (late Jerry) Ingraham, Mary Kay (Mancil) Duncan, Joyce (Cledmon) Narcisse and Kevin (Rolenda) Merrick Sr. Devoted Godfather of Rolanda Merrick Jones. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, several devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and close friends.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral service on Saturday January 4, 2020 at the First Mount Zion Baptist Church located at 32471 Hwy 23 Empire La. 70050. The visitation will begin at 10A.M. followed by a 12 noon service. THERE WILL BE NO VIEWING AFTER 12 NOON. Dr. Reginald H. Burl Sr. will officiate and entombment will follow in Mount Zion Memorial Park in Empire.
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