Horace Sellers Merrill loved to hunt deer and play checkers.
“I went deer hunting with him many times,” Heflin Mayor Rudy Rooks said. “He still kept a few deer dogs. He was also the best checkers player in Cleburne County, maybe Alabama. It didn’t take but a few times of him beating me that I just quit playing him.”
Merrill, the father of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, died last week at the age of 80.