Kent Douglas Merchant, 56, of Pensacola, Florida passed away suddenly on May 24, 2019.
He is preceeded in death by his parents, Howard & Mattie Merchant, and one brother, Billy Merchant and Scooter.
Kent leaves his wife of 31 years, Debby, and 4 children: Roxanne Holloman (Chris), Nicole Smith (Nick), LeeAnne Davis (Brandon), and Kent Edward Merchant. He also has 14 grandchildren; Madison, Dalton, and Dylan Holloman, Cole Lowery, Austin and Alanea Smith, Cameron Carnley, Nic Davis, Anna, Payton and Colton Brown, Kent Aidan, Zeke, and Tatum Merchant. Brothers include Mike Merchant (Irene), Rodney Merchant (Tonya), and Larry Merchant (Ann) and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Kent, a Mariner Captain employed by SeaTran Marine, had a big heart for everyone; he was always generous in lending a hand to anyone in need. He demonstrated his love for family by actions and his joy by spending time with the grandchildren. He took time to teach by example including hunting, fishing, being there for field trips, birthdays, and even “first day” of school. “PawPaw” was always available for the kids’ phone calls; they knew he would answer. He was “there” always for family – never any excuses! Kent was “one of a kind.” He was loved by all and will be missed by everyone.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses in the Neuro Critical Care ICU at Oshner Hospital in New Orleans. The family requests that any donations be made in Kent’s name to Burgess Road Baptist Church, Wednesday Night Fundraiser Meal.
Memorial Service will be at Burgess Road Baptist Church, 250 W. Burgess Road, Saturday, June 8th. Visitation 10-11; Service at 11:00 AM.