Dennis Riley Merrill, 83, of Fairview, NC died Saturday, April 14, 2018. He was a native and resident of Buncombe County and son of the late Carl and Estelle Merrill.
Dennis was employed at C.P. Clare (now T E Connectivity) in Fairview for 40+ years until his retirement in 2000. He loved riding his motorcycle, pontoon, and tractor. His favorite pastime was fishing and taking family and friends to see the elk. He loved attending Trinity of Fairview Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Maureen Merrill; daughters Becky Hunnicutt and Phyllis Morgan; granddaughter Beverly Mitchell; brothers Theron Merrill, Vincent Merrill and Alvis Merrill. He is survived by daughter Tharesa “Dean” Owenby and husband Max and a son Don Merrill and wife Susan; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity of Fairview Baptist Church with Rev. Stacey Harris officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. A private family burial will be held the following day.
Flowers are welcome; however memorials may be made to Trinity of Fairview Baptist Church, 646 Concord Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732.