Clifford Davis MerchantJuly 5, 1961 ~ March 4, 2017 (age 55)
Clifford Davis Merchant
Clifford Davis Merchant was born on July 5, 1961, in Pasadena, TX at Southmore Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his father, C. D. Merchant; twin brothers, Gerry & Terry Merchant and wife, Dona "Mandy" Merchant.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Merchant, a son, Clifford D. Merchant of Algoa, TX; brothers, Stephen (Diane) Merchant of Key West, Florida, Steve (Kathy) Franz; sister, Donna Hinnant of George West, TX; his significant other; Lisa Parker & her children, Parker & Chad, a grandchild, Rahel Sheeba-Marie Merchant and daughter in law, Senayzemen Melaku.
Clifford started his life in Friendswood then the family moved to Algoa where he started Jr. High in Santa Fe. He started working at a young age for Mr. Adair of Adair Construction, laying driveways & installing septic systems. He then moved up working the Chemical plants. In his later years he returned to heavy equipment operating and was able to teach his son side by side as his supervisor how to operate for 2 years before his passing.
He loved traveling on his motorcycle with his son beside him and had many friends whom shared the wind and the ride of life with him. He also managed a great little bar named, TC Suds in Dickinson Texas for a time, from the pics, looked like a fun place to unwind!
He also had a great smile! Clifford Davis Merchant, or "RedDog" was a good man, a great father and an awesome papa chief to the grandkids. Working hard to take care of those around him who depended on him and many others in time of need. He played even harder. He suffered a massive stroke originating from the brain stem in the early hours of Friday March 3rd, and lost faculties into the night. At high noon Saturday March 4th myself, (Clifford David Merchant his son) brother Stephen Franz and lifelong close friend Richard Braham stood by as I gave the official order to let his body rest and follow his spirit to the land of the remembered. We prayed, held his hands and sang to music streaming through my phone. Among the songs were "Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord", "My God is an Awesome God", "Toes in the Sand", "It's a Great Day to be Alive", "Knee Deep" and Bob Seger’s "Turn the Page". He will always be remembered as a high spirited strong man. Rest in peace RedDog.