Dennis Charles “Moon” Merritt, 65, resident of Patterson, LA passed away peacefully Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 11:05 p.m. at East Jefferson General Hospital, New Orleans, LA.
Visitation will be observed on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at New Salem Baptist Church in Patterson, LA. from 1:00 PM until funeral service at 3:00 PM. Burial with Military Honors and East St. Mary Veteran Funeral Squad will follow funeral services in the Patterson Memorial Park in Patterson, LA. Reverend Samuel Calhoun will officiate services
Dennis was born August 29, 1953 to the late Louis Herbert Merritt, Sr. and Joan Washington Merritt in Houston, Tx. Dennis was baptized at an early age touching the lives of many while leaving his footprint in everyone’s heart. He was ranked Private who gallantly served two years in the United States Army. During his tenure he earned the National Defense Service Medal. Later, after an honorable discharge, he joined his local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Affairs. His willingness to serve and help others extended not only to his country, but also to his family and friends. To that end, Dennis was a generous soul always ready to support others in their time of need.
Dennis’ talents were many. What he enjoyed most was strutting his abilities as a Seacore Marine Inc. food specialist who displayed a wonderful skillset for the culinary arts. Dennis truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting with family and friends, dancing, and spending time with his nieces and nephews. Through wisdom, guidance, and his extraordinary sense of humor, Dennis had an uncanny ability to reach people in deep and positive ways. Memories of Dennis (Moon) Merritt will forever remain in the hearts of his family and friends. He is survived by five sisters, Lorena Randle (William) and Joannette Merritt, both of Patterson, LA; Mary Ann Byers of Jacksonville, FL, Angela McFadden (Shelby) of Swansea, IL and Deborah Ann Dougar of Houston, TX; three brothers Louis H. Merritt, Jr.of Houston, TX, Robert Merritt (Janis) and Kevin Merritt (Tammy) both of Patterson, LA and host of nieces, nephews, additional family and friends.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Herbert Merritt, Sr. and Joan Washington Merritt, and one sister Gina Marie Merritt.
Loving brother, uncle, and friend…you will be missed, always!