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Arthur “Merrill” Valentine Jr., age 73, of Gloucester, joined his heavenly father on Feb. 26, 2020 following an illness.

Merrill was born in Alabama, and was a longtime resident of Virginia, a U.S. Army veteran, brick mason, former police officer and was retired from C&O Railway.

He enjoyed singing, chess, animals and playing guitar. Merrill was also a devoted fan of NASCAR, as well as a Washington Redskins football. He loved spending time with his family playing board games, cards, fishing and hunting with his sons. He was strong in his faith and now resting in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Parents, Arthur M. Valentine Sr. and Emmie Lou Crocker; mother-in-law, Ruby L. Bailey, and son, Michael D. Valentine, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Valentine; daughters, Tracey Valentine Gatling, Candi Valentine Parker and husband Michael; son, Joshua M. Valentine and wife Chelsea; grandchildren, Emmie C. Ferguson, Hope E. Ferguson, Anna M. Gatling, Fawn E. Valentine, Juniper R. Valentine, Cole R. Valentine, Magnolia M. Valentine; sisters, Linda Valentine Williams, Sharon Valentine Ryan, Judy K. Martin, in addition to a host of extended family and friends.

Merrill was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be truly missed.

The family received friends on Monday, March 2, 2020, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hogg Funeral Home. Inurnment will be private.

In memory of our loved one, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Anne Dyal, 8374 Kitchener Drive, Gloucester, Va. 23061 or American Parkinson Disease Association, 4560 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462. Services under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home.