An official signing was held at LBW Community College to announce the endowment of the Merrill Family Memorial Fund. The Merrill Family Memorial Fund was established in 1986 with the original contribution from Clara Thagard in memory of her father, Eli Reid Merrill. Annual contributions were made until 1991. One of Clara’s brothers was Reid Merrill, the father of Tobey, Scotty, Lee, and William. Scotty and Lulu were friends of Dr. Bill and Betty Albritton who endowed the fund in 2021 in memory of Scotty, Clara, and her daughter Lynne Thagard Zorn, and to honor Scotty’s wife Louise Richardson, nee Waller, (LuLu), and his brother Augustus Lee Merrill.