Merit Ben Walden, Sr., 71, passed away November 28, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

Born February 17, 1942, he was preceded in death by his parents, Wintford and Margaret Edith Waller Walden; sister, Frances Reagan; and brother- and sisters-in-law: John Hughett, Becky Hughett, and Maggie Lawson.

He was a member of Capital Hill Baptist Church, and was an avid UT Vols fan.

He is survived by his wife of more than 45 years, Geraldine Walden; children: Merit Ben Walden, Jr. and wife Kathy, and Rodney Walden and wife, Kathy; grandchildren: Alicia Walden and April Walden; great-grandchild, Aedin; brother, R.T. Walden and wife, Frances; sisters- and brother-in-law: Mattie McDaniels, Lynn and Butch Jones, Joy and David Vaughn, Jim and Sissy Harness, Roy Hughett, Don and Lounicia Hughett, and Samuel Von Reagan; several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives.

Funeral service was conducted December 1, in the chapel of Four Oaks Funeral Home of Huntsville with Bro. Randy Hutson, Don Hughett, and Bobby Massengale officiating. Music was provided by Tammy Hutson. Interment followed at Black Creek Crossroads Cemetery.

Four Oaks Funeral Home of Huntsville had charge of arrangements.