Jackson Lawyer Dies After Battle With Cancer

Albert Benton Merkel Sr., 68, died at his home in Jackson on Dec. 1 after a six-year battle with cancer. Merkel earned his law degree in 1975 from Memphis State University and returned to Jackson to practice law. During his 36-year career, he practiced primarily in the area of bankruptcy law and served his local bar, the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association, in a variety of roles, including a term as president. Funeral services were held this morning. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to Youth Town of Tennessee, P.O. Box 1385, Jackson, TN 38302. Read the full obituary in the Jackson Sun.