Wallace Merritt, 88, a native of Tangipahoa Parish, long time resident of Baton Rouge and current resident of Kentwood, Wallace Merritt passed away on Monday, December 29, 2008. Retired from the United States Air Force, Wallace was a veteran of World War II and double recipient of the Purple Heart.

Visitation and religious services were held at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood. Services were conducted by Rev. Danny Smith of Spring Creek Baptist Church. Interment was in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery.

He is survived by one son, Donald McMillan of Kentwood; four grandsons, Dalton McMillan of Kentwood, Mehmet McMillan of San Francisco, California, Orhan McMillan of Baton Rouge and Dale McMillan of Galvez; two great grandsons, Joshua and Jeremy McMillan; one great granddaughter, Madeline McMillan; one great-great grandson, Brayden McMillan; one sister, Geraldine Sanders of Kentwood and sister-in-law, Nell McLin of Baton Rouge.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Zelma McMillan Merritt, parents Obediah and Jessie Grace Merritt, and sister, Maxine Simmons.

The family wishes to acknowledge the many devoted health care professionals who cared for him since his stroke in June, with a special thank you to Tracy Bergeron.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 19405 Helenberg Rd., Suite 206, Covington, LA 70443 or Spring Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 72937 Hwy. 1061, Kentwood, LA 70444.

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