Funeral services for James “Jim” Leland Merck Sr. of Lucedale, 67, were held April 3, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church.

He coached Dixie League baseball in Lucedale for over 10 years. He was employed as a welder for over 45 years and was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church. He was a devoted husband, loving father, Pawpaw, brother and friend. He died April 1, 2021.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Bryan Merck; children Lee (Christie) Merck, Rebekah (Roger) Merck Redd and Matthew (Courtney) Merck; grandchildren Maggie Merck, Brandon Walley, Caroline (Cole) Merck Claton, Brad Walley, Colleen Merck, Hayes Merck, Abigail Merck and Reese Merck; siblings Tim (Dee) Merck and Krystal Merck Yates and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandson James Bryan Walley; parents Rev. John and Ruth Merck and brother Michael Len Merck.

Officiating the services were Rev. Lee Merck and Rev. Eddie Davidson. Interment was held in Shady Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brandon Walley, Brad Walley, Hayes Merck, Roger Redd, Craig Harrell and Bryan Byrd.

Moments Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.