James Cornelius "Trip Loco" Merchant
December 14, 1994 — August 9, 2023
James Cornelius "JC" "Trip" Merchant departed this life on August 9th, 2023. He was born to Eric Merchant Sr. and the late Tomica Norris on December 14th 1994.
James was a 2013 East High School graduate. He had a passion for music and rapping and was known by the name "Trip Loco." He was also an avid football lover and played for NEOFFL where he was a member of three championship teams.
He was known for his unique style, infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.
James leaves to cherish his memory three children Javion Merchant, JayManie Merchant, and JayCeon Merchant. His father Eric (Erica) his sisters Miya L. Merchant and Tamia S. Merchant, brothers Eric Merchant Jr, Shatoryon Daniels, Tyrell Davis, and Dreaone Fox, close friends Te’Ron Villanueva and Daron Randolph and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother Tomica, grandparents Charles and Priscilla Brown and David and Ruth Merchant.
A funeral service will be held Friday August 25th at 11 am at Rising Star Baptist Church 2943 Wardle Ave Youngstown, Oh. Friends may call from 10 to 11 am on Friday at the church.
Please remember to wear a mask when entering the church.
We were honored and grateful to serve the Merchant Family during this time of bereavement. Please keep them in your prayers...
To order memorial trees
or send flowers to the family in memory of James Cornelius "Trip Loco" Merchant, please visit our flower store