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Charles V. Mercer – January 28, 2018

Charles was born on December 15, 1924 to Valentine Scott Mercer and Bernice Waugh Mercer in Beaumont, Texas.  He died on January 28, 2018 in Amarillo, Texas where he had lived for 66 years.  A private family service was held to honor and celebrate his life.  The family suggests memorials be made to Polk Street Methodist Church.
He is survived by the love of his life, Betty Genelle Mercer of Amarillo, Texas.  They were married 67 wonderful, full years.  They lovingly referred to each other as “Babe”.  He is survived by his daughters, Connie Derrick and her husband Jerry of Spotsylvania, Virginia and Penny Frieze and her husband Rex of Orlando, Florida.  His grandchildren are Tiffany, Shawn, Destiny, Zac and Josh.  His great-grandchildren are Caleb, Isaac, Aaron, Faith, Ruth, Judah, Ellie, Micah, Tate, Mercy, Zeke, Laramie, Timothy and Lydia.
Charles retired from Pioneer Natural Gas (Atmos Energy) Company after working there over 30 years.  He and Genelle were active members of Polk Street Methodist Church, where they were members of the Homebuilder’s Class.  He said, that of all the things he did in his life, he wanted mostly to be remembered for teaching 8th grade Sunday School for 13 years, 11th grade Sunday School for 2 years, and for being a counselor at Church Camp for 3 years.  He was a gifted teacher, both of youth and adults.
A World War II Veteran, Charles served in the United States Army Tank Corps from May 1943 – February 1946.  He first attended Texas A&M before the war and completed his education after the war at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, graduating in 1949.
Charles was a dedicated, loyal, involved and loving husband, father and friend.  His life can best be described as a man who lived to serve others.  His greatest joy came from serving his wife.  He loved her with his whole being and she loved him.  Theirs was a beautiful love story.  He served his girls as their Girl Scout Leader (the first male Girl Scout Master in Amarillo), as he was an Eagle Scout himself.  He was also the girls’ softball coach.  Everyone whom he led, coached or taught loved and respected him.
Charles wrote the following words, “I know that God loves me and has a plan for my life.  I know that at times I am sinful and separated from God and am not experiencing the abundant life.  I know that Christ is God’s only provision for my sin.  Through Him, I can know and experience God’s love.  I know that I, individually, have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and know and experience God’s love.  I know I am going to the Promised Land, but I need help along the way now, here on Earth, from you, my family, and the Lord and the Holy Spirit to keep me on track.  This is my witness!”


  • Jerry and Barbara Nichols Posted February 4, 2018 2:56 pm

    Charlie, was a fine Christian man, having worked with Charlie at Pioneer and knew him from church.

  • Bud Beene Posted February 5, 2018 9:30 am

    My thoughts and prayers for the Mercer family. I remember those Sunday School classes at Polk Street quite well

  • Roger Fenlaw Posted February 5, 2018 2:50 pm

    God bless you Genelle. I think I understand the pain of losing a mate. i lost my bride of 70 years—it is a different kind of pain, and oh how
    it hurts. time will diminish the pain somewhat.bless your heart

  • Drs. Bob Huffaker & Veva Vonler Posted February 8, 2018 12:21 am

    Charles Mercer, husband of my beloved sister Genelle, was my brother in more ways than law. Charles was an unfailingly brave and kind man whose goodness affected many. I saw him first when was a straight-talking sergeant just home from WW II. That tough and gentle sergeant, as dedicated father and husband, always cared about people.
    When he headed Pioneer Gas personnel, he established a daycare center for company employees and their families. For decades we have felt his blessings upon our family and have seen his love in action to brighten his corner of the world.
    We will miss this good man whose Valentine name celebrates Love.
    Drs. Bob Huffaker and Veva Vonler

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