Johnnie Luther Merrifield, age 88, went to meet his Lord and Maker on Friday, March 4, 2011. He was born in Sentinel, Okla., on May 7, 1922. Johnnie married the former Geneva M. Catlett on Sept. 7, 1942. Geneva, the love of his live, proceeded him in death on Aug. 21, 2010, just shy of their 68th wedding anniversary.
Johnnie joined the army in October 1942 and served our country in northern France and central Europe during World War II. After his discharge in December 1945, he continued to work for the government as a fireman at Burns Flatt Air Force Base in Oklahoma and later transferred to Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas. He retired from civil service when Webb AFB was closed in 1977.
After his retirement, Johnnie and Gevena purchased a home in Pagosa Springs. Originally it was meant to be a vacation home and to be used as a base during hunting season. However, they came to love the people and the beauty of Colorado and it wasn’t long before they were living there and using their Midland home only when they came to visit family. Both Johnnie and Geneva were very active in the Pagosa Springs Church of Christ and Johnnie served as elder there until declining health forced them to return to Texas in 2007.
Johnnie was also preceded in death by his daughter, Darla Merrifield, his parents, five brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his brother, L.D. Shultz and wife Pat of Sentinel, Okla.; his children Larry Merrifield and wife Janice of Athens, Texas, Sandra Hull and husband Mike of Midland, Texas, and Mary Pearce and husband David of Midland; six grandchildren: Wayne Merrifield and wife Christie of Hewitt, Texas, Johnny Merrifield of Trinidad, Texas, Brian Merrifield of Athens, Texas, Shawn Hull and wife Caeli of North Las Vegas, Nev., Tammy Awtry and husband Andrew of Colorado Springs, Chris Pearce and wife Amber of Midland; nine great-grandchildren: Amanda and Samantha Merrifield; Jacob and Hannah Hull; Skylar, Maddox, and Rowan Awry; Cheyenne and Kiah Pearce.
The family would like to acknowledge the staff of Manor Park and Home Hospice for the compassionate care they gave Johnnie during his last days.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 8, at the North A Church of Christ. Interment followed at Resthaven North. Condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.