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February 5, 2014

Former MMS-Payne Funeral Home owner Merriott dies

CLAREMORE — Longtime businessman, community pillar and former funeral home owner Paul Merriott has passed away at the age of 90.

Merriott died on Sunday.

In 1970, Merriott purchased the Merriott purchased Musgrove Funeral Service in 1970 with his daughter, Cindy and son-in-law, Jim Smith, both of whom joined him in operations of the business, taking over after Merriott’s retirement.

A celebration of Merriott’s life is scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Claremore.

Visitation will be at his former funeral home, now MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service on Thursday from 1-7 p.m., with family to greet friends 5 to 7 p.m.

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