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Lifelong resident of Ava Mervin Roy Case was born Jan. 12, 1926, at Climax Spring, Mo., the son of Delbert Edwin “Ed” Case and Reva (Hocking) Case. He departed this life June 20, 2006, at the age of 80.
Mervin and Faye L. Davis were united in marriage Aug. 21, 1949 in Ava. Mervin and Faye were blessed with two daughters, Marsha (Case) O’Briant and Becki (Case) Bright. Mervin loved to play board games, cards, snooker and enjoyed traveling with his family. Mervin was a member of the Ava General Baptist Church and served as deacon for several years.
Mervin was a lifelong resident of Ava. He was Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe. After the war he worked with heavy machinery building ponds, diversion terraces, some roadwork and land clearing in Douglas and surrounding counties. He also drove local and over-the-road trucks for various companies. Mervin later served as Missouri state representative in Jefferson City for 15 years.
Mervin was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Veryl Case, and a sister, Betty Jefferson.
He is survived by his wife, Faye, of the home, Ava; two daughters, Marsha (Case) O’Briant, Neosho, and Becki (Case) Bright and husband, Alan, Nixa; four grandchildren, Dawnelle Payne and husband, Levi, Darrell and Lyndon O’Briant, Erika Bright; three great-grandchildren, Jayden O’Briant, Colson and Keagen Payne; two sisters, Doris Elliott, Ava, and Nadine Lakey, Whitehaven, Miss.; one brother, Larry Case, Sparta; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Revs. Oren Alcorn and Allen Maples officiating. Interment will follow in the Ava Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the donor’s choice.
Services are under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava.