• 52°

Let’s honor a friend for a great cause

This weekend marks the first annual Cliff Merritt Invitational Golf Tournament, with the fitting motto, “A tournament as unique as the man.”

This event started several months ago when a phone call from Bill Hurt came into my home with the dual idea of raising much-needed funds for cancer research through the area Relay for Life event and expressing love and support for our friend, Cliff, who is battling cancer.

To gauge Cliff’s presence in this community is almost overwhelming. As a bank president, his rapport with all his customers from the wealthy to the meek is the same.

His business dealings are always above reproach, and he is respected throughout Mississippi and Louisiana in his industry. Cliff is always willing to provide leadership within his community and has effectively served as president of the Natchez Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Vidalia Chamber as well.

He is always willing to put his shoulder to the wheel in an effort to improve community, business and industry. However, Cliff is most loved for just being Cliff!

As an avid golfer and fisherman, his spirit of competition pushes him through his treatment days.

Everyone who knows Cliff knows that he is a worthy adversary for the disease and it is his intention to beat it, as so many have done!

As a family man, his dedication and love for his mom and dad is unfailing.

His wife, Debra, and daughters, Katie and Jessie, are blessed with his Godly love and his ability to be an awesome father.

Debra has played the same key role in this tournament she has played throughout their life together — making sure Cliff’s needs are met and all goals are achieved. It is a blessing that all Cliff’s girls will be present for the entire tournament!

We all agree that one thing is necessary to fight cancer, and that’s funding!

Hole sponsorships are still available for this weekend’s tournament at Beau Pré, and I encourage you, either individually or through your company, to send a check for $125 to the Cliff Merritt Invitational Golf Tournament, c/o Howard Jones, 15 Bluff Hills Place, Natchez, MS 39120.

Please join me in fighting this disease and honoring my friend, Cliff Merritt. My wife, Sandy, and I treasure his friendship.

All tournament proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.

Thank you!

Fred Middleton is a Natchez resident.

News

Trash collection one day behind schedule for Thanksgiving

News

Ferriday man sentenced to life for 2019 slaying of Natchez schoolteacher

Business

Mayor: Silver Street raising and dock plans moving forward

News

Tree lighting event is Saturday in Natchez

News

Former Natchez Alderman David Massey dies at 72

News

Stewpot ready to serve needy on Thanksgiving

News

Saturday high-speed chase began in Louisiana, ended with crash in Natchez

News

No print edition of The Democrat on Friday

News

Natchez school board cancels bid opening for new high school due to COVID-19

News

5 Miss-Lou residents die of COVID-19 over weekend

News

Remains found in Natchez neighborhood

News

The Dart: Natchez resident loves music

News

Coroner: A Natchez woman dies with COVID-19 Sunday

DEVELOPING NEWS

Suspect in high-speed vehicle chase arrested in Natchez

BREAKING NEWS

Natchez Police investigating Saturday shooting that injured two people

News

Coroner: Two Ferriday men died with COVID-19 Saturday at Merit Health Natchez

News

Natchez freedmen and women largely funded Emancipation Monument in Washington, D.C.

News

Adams County coroner loses 25-year-old granddaughter to COVID-19, urges compliance with health guidelines

News

35-year-old Ferriday resident dies with COVID-19 as cases, hospitalizations continue rising

News

‘American Pickers’ star Mike Wolfe picks Natchez

News

COVID-19 numbers spike locally just before holidays

News

Norm Yvon resigns as lead administrator of Cathedral School

BREAKING NEWS

ACCS falls to Leake Academy in MAIS Class 5A state championship

News

Second suspect arrested in Tuesday armed robbery