Merrill Dickerson

Obituary of Merrill Schane McKinley Dickerson

Merrill Schane McKinley Dickerson was born on September 20, 1974, in Monroe, Michigan from the union of Melvin Pree and Ella Dickerson.  He attended Monroe Public Schools and SMCC, later earning his GED.   As a youngster, Mel was very active in sports.  He also enjoyed playing pick-up games with his siblings and the neighborhood children.

Mel, also known as Stones, had a great sense of humor and was known for cracking jokes being the life of the party.  Often times others were entertained by his rapping abilities. Mel seemed to love everyone and always had a smile on his face.  He never met a stranger, and in fact struck up conversations with anyone he could. He was especially fond of the time he spent with his family and friends. An avid Michigan State Spartan and Pittsburgh Steelers fan, he proudly cheered on his favorite teams.

In the past, Mel was employed at Red Lobster, Complete Packaging and Cracker Barrell.  

Merrill Schane McKinley Dickerson, age 47, of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.   His passing was preceded by his father: Melvin Pree; maternal grandparents: Norwood and Willie Dickerson and paternal grandparents:  McKinley and Mary Etta Pree; two brothers Timothy Pree and Anthony Jones and a niece: Felicia Dickerson.

To cherish his memory, Mel leaves his beloved mother: Ella Dickerson; six sons: Marquise Dickerson, Marzell Dickerson, Maliek Dickerson, Nathaniel Dickerson, Willie Hester, and Antonio Hester; two sisters: Cammie Pace and Tanya Dickerson; one brother: Coby Dickerson (Lisa Sortor), three grandchildren: Raelynn Dickerson, Marquise Dickerson, Jr. and Journya Dickerson; and many Godchildren. He also leaves behind Ryan Ciacelli, Jerry Gorman and Shamus Gilliland who are friends who became family.

Friends may gather on Tuesday; June 21, 2022, from 4:00pm until 6:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48161 (734) 241-7070.   A Homegoing Celebration of His Life will follow at 6:00pm also at Merkles with Pastor Heather Boone of the Oaks of Righteousness Christian Ministries officiating.   Cremation will follow through Covenant Cremation of Erie.

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