ASHLAND, NH - Dennis Gerald Merrill, 68, of Richmond VA and Ashland NH, passed away July 10, 2010 in Ashland. He is survived by his children, Thomas W. and wife Jacquie, and their children Henry and Rosalind, Jesse S., and Susannah M. Merrill-Bernath and husband Jeff. He is also survived by his mother Marion Merrill, two brothers, Ellis and Frank, his former wife Cynthia Merrill, and a host of friends. His father, Francis E. Merrill, and brother, Thomas E. Merrill, predeceased him.
Dennis graduated from The New Hampton School, Antioch College, and the University of Virginia Law School. He served in the Army between 1965 and 1968 and was discharged at the rank of Lieutenant. He worked for many years as an assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and subsequently worked at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and the Virginia Retirement System.
He was a member of Grace Community Baptist Church in Richmond and the First Free Will Baptist Church in Ashland. Dennis also ran Bible studies for handicapped adults at the Grace House in Richmond and elsewhere for many years, and he was always ready with a smile and a word of scripture for the down-hearted and the struggling.
Dennis was a strong Christian, a great friend, and beloved by all who knew him. His life was a testament to the saving power of grace, and his ministry to the friendless, the needy, and the poor will not soon be forgotten.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 9 Hill Ave. Ashland. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Free Will Baptist Church, 55-57 Main Street, Ashland. The Rev. Everett Palmer will officiate. The burial will follow in the Green Grove Cemetery, Ashland. The Dupuis Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. A memorial service in Richmond is planned for a later date. Donations in memory of Dennis may be made to Grace Community Baptist Church in Richmond VA or to the First Free Will Baptist Church in Ashland NH.