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Charles A. Merris

Charles A. Merris 81, of Bethany, IL passed away at 12:25 p.m., Thursday, April 1, 2021, in his residence.

A service to celebrate Charles’ s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday evening at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to GT Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at

Charles was born on April 3, 1939, in Decatur, IL the son of Robert “Bob” and Rebecca (Danner) Merris. Charles married Nina M. Lanter on April 16, 1960. He retired from Bridgestone/Firestone Tire Company. After retirement he went on to work as a mechanic for the Mt. Zion Bus garage. Charles was a member of GT Church. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and raising his chickens.

Surviving are his wife: Nina of Bethany, IL; sons: Charles “Chuck” Merris (Sandy) of Mt. Zion, Chris Merris (Tania) of Decatur, and Eric Merris (Coartney) of Decatur; sisters: Maryann Coleman (David) of Decatur and Sandra File of Decatur; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his sister: Sally Todd.

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