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Dale Merriman - 08.28.49 ~ 08.06.22 (TX incl. OK - TN)


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Dale Merriman, 72, passed away August 6th, 2022, with his children by his side in Aubrey, Texas. Dale was born August 28th, 1949, in Woodbury, Tennessee to William "Dick" and Willie Matt Merriman.


Dale spent his days as a child playing with his three siblings in the hollers of Hollis Creek. When he was old enough, he enrolled in the Army and served in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970 as a part of the 101st Airborne Division, Heavy Artillery. Dale was awarded the Bronze Star for his outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operation against hostile forces in Vietnam.




When he came back from Vietnam, he moved to Oklahoma to pursue other dreams, eventually settling into a career as a tow truck driver for Exclusive Collison & Towing in Yukon, Ok. Dale was an upstanding, heroic man and that was acknowledged again in 1997 when he received The Towman Commendation for Courageous Professionalism in the Endeavour to Save a Human Life.


He enjoyed his retirement, spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. In his free time, he loved to be at the BMX track, play with his grandchildren, watch WWE and Football, and eat Moon Pies.


Dale is survived by his wife of 24 years, Brenda; his 3 daughters, Becky, Shelly, and Sally; his son Jimmy; 6 grandchildren, Cody & Jacob Jarvis, Hannah & Austin Merriman, Carolyn & Declan Maclaskey; and 2 great-grandchildren; his sister and her spouse Betty & Jerry Reed. Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Linda Merriman.


He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey Dale Merriman; his sister and her spouse Garnett & Charlie Campbell; his brother Lonnie Ray Merriman; and both of his parents William "Dick" and Willie Matt Merriman.


Funeral services will be 1 pm Saturday, August 13, 2022 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in the Prater Cemetery with Military Honors.


Visitation with his family will be Friday, August 12, 2022 from 4 pm - 8 pm.


Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences and memories with his family, please visit, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net.





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We were in contact with the Daughter of Dale Merriman.


Dad worked in the Towing for more than 20 years, He started in the early 80s. Till he was retired in 2006 by a
semi truck. He was helping a police officers dad whose car was disabled on the side of I-40 in OKC.
A semi rolled my dad between the semi trailer and the wrecker. He was lucky and strong enough to survive that.
Tow truck operators are a different kind of breed.
I’ve always had such a special bond with my dad. We even have coordinating pinky tattoos.
He may not be biologically my dad but no one compares to him.
He loved his job. He loved coming to my school and letting the kids see his tow truck.
He loved his best friend Vern and all the guys at Exclusive in Yukon. It was just family.
He spent a lot of time with those guys.
At some point during this time, I think my dad became more attached to Carolyn than he
was of me. Getting to watch him love her is something I will always cherish.
I’m so thankful for a lot of things this past year but I know he left this Earth in the most peaceful
and comfortable way possible. I also know he was greeted by so many people when he got to
those pearly gates.
Thank you dad, for everything. You were the dad and papa you didn’t have to be. 💜


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We were in contact with the Son of Dale Merriman.

I had to say goodbye to my Dad. It is the hardest thing I have ever done. With the help of God I am getting through it one day at a time. Rest in peace Dale Merriman. You were the best father I could have ever asked for and so much more. I love you more than anything and I am going to miss you so much. I am grateful for my friends and family that are also here supporting me. By keeping God and AA at the very core of my life today I am finally able to be the son, brother, and uncle my family needs, clean and sober, fully present, and able to help them in any way I can. God is up there telling my Dad exactly how good I have been doing and that makes me feel so good to know he knows I am truly okay today. I love you Dad.

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