James Joseph Merchant, age 82, of Martin, passed away with family by his side on July 29, 2020. Jim was born on November 24, 1937 to Harry & Mary (Marshall) Merchant. Following Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service is being planned for later. Jim’s family includes his wife of 62 years, Barbara; his children Cindy (Tim) Taylor and Diane (Mike) Long; grandchildren: Joe (Daron) Taylor, Luke (Katie) Taylor, Casey tenHaaf and Molly Long; ten great grandchildren: Keaton, Ashtyn, Chase, Zavier, Quintin, Archer, Paxton, Everett, Brooklynn, and Jaxson as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings: Dorothy, Peggy and Francis. Jim served his country proudly in the Army Reserve and National Guard. Jim was “Papa” to his great grandchildren and loved his family deeply. While visiting Jim’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. Those who wish may make contributions to Wings of Hope Hospice.