Tommie Vester Merchant, 69 of Ocala, FL passed away on April 27, 2023 in Ocala, FL.
Tommie was born in Camp Stewart, GA to Yvonne Holton and Lonnie Vester Merchant on May 23, 1953.
He graduated from Dunellon High School on June 2, 1972. He went on to earn an Associated degree
from Ocala Community College. He worked as a service technician for Century link for 40 years and
retired in 2018.
He enjoyed watching football and movies. He loved working in his yard and on the pool so his grandkids
could enjoy them. His grandkids were a great joy to him and he loved hugs and giggles from them.
He is survived by his wife, Denise Russ Merchant, his children, Joseph Merchant, Gary McDonald, Krysti
Merchant, Tommie V.P. Merchant and Stepsons, Phillip Eben, Michael Eben and Mark Eben II; siblings,
Candy Prescott, Raymond Prescott, Penny Lindsey, Dianne Merchant, Debbie Woodard and Ronnie
Merchant and grandchildren, Ariana Merchant, Logan Medina, Emma Shockley, HaydenShockley, Gage
Sanders, Samantha Eben, Wyatt Eben, Layla Eben and Ellie McDonald. He is predeceased by his mother
Yvonne Merchant, father Lonnie Merchant, Brother Lonnie Merchant and son Cory Merchant.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on May 20, 2023 @ 11 am at Ocala Springs Baptist Church, 5000
NE 36 th Ave. Rd. Ocala, FL 34479.
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