Joe P. Merrick, age 62 of Somerset, passed from this life early Friday morning, August 11, 2017 at his residence. He will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Joe was born on September 2, 1954 in Naomi, Kentucky to the late Edwin and Lula Merrick. He worked in construction most of his life and loved to work, but mostly enjoyed to cook for others as well as gardening and watching how God allowed it to grow.

Besides his parents, preceded in death by two brothers; Wade Morris Merrick and Bruce Merrick.

Joe is survived by his wife; June Christine (Chris) Muse Merrick, a daughter; Charlotte Merrick (Jacob) Bagwell and two grandchildren; Paige and Augustus “Gus” Bagwell all of Fort Bennings, Georgia, Five sisters; Hazel McGowan, of Somerset, Gladys McCoy of Nicholasville, Eddie Campbell of Lexington, Fern Garrott of Otterbein, Indiana, Linda Daulton of Lexington, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, and a half-brother; Charlie Cole.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017 at Immanual Baptist Church, 802 Bourne Ave, Somerset, Kentucky, 42501 and on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral services at 1:00 p.m. The Deacons of the Church will serve as Pallbearers. Interment will be in Southern Oaks Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, Tennessee 38125.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Joe P. Merrick.