Chief Al Mercer

We lost another AMMO Chief and a Brother this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Al’s family.



CMSgt Alvin D. Mercer (Ret)

Sumter SC Obituaries

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:00 am

Alvin Dale Mercer, 65, husband of Rebecca Sanders Mercer, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

Born in Georgetown County, he was a son of the late F.D. “Nick” and Evelyn Florine Goodwin Mercer.  He retired as a chief master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force, after 26 years of service.  He was a Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm veteran.  He was a member of the AMMO Chiefs Association and the Shaw Air Force Base Chiefs Group.  He was an alumnus of St. Leo University.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, two daughters, Paige Haynes (Chris) of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Nickie McLaughlin (Ray) of Sumter; five grandchildren, Greyson Haynes, Kendall Haynes, Hannah Haynes, Madison McLaughlin and Cameron McLaughlin; three brothers, Donnie Mercer (Vivian) of Andrews, Dennis Mercer (Norma) of Pottsboro, Texas and Larry Mercer (Linda) of Summerville; a sister, Sandra Breitkreuz (Brad) of Houston, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Al Sims officiating.

The family will receive friends at the home.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, S.C. Chapter, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, SC 29201 or to the Tuomey Oncology Department, 129 N. Washington St., Sumter, SC 29150.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

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SrA Bryce Powers Update

Fellow Ammo,

For everyone that has been tracking the recovery for SrA Powers; we have sad news to pass on. For those keeping up with the updates on Face Book you’re already aware of this info. From an earlier posting the parents were planning services in North Carolina, Langley AFB, and interment at Arlington. I will try to come up with a final tribute for him in my next newsletter.

Thanks for everyone’s support; know the Powers family was very proud of Bryce and express their thanks to the Ammo community for its support on numerous occasions.


The following is from Cathy Powers:

Prayer and Support Group for Airman Bryce Powers

April 26 Update (EST) 6:45 PM

My sweet, brave, beautiful son “SrA Bryce Powers” left with Jesus today.

I was on his right, holding his right hand. Jim was on his left, holding his left hand. Madi was on the phone, telling him “goodbye”… He took his last breath — at 4:40 PM — with all three of us saying our “see ya later’s” and “I love you’s”.

Thank you ALL for standing by our sides for the last 6 1/2 months… we have felt your prayers, your love, and your care for each of us… especially our dear Bryce.

Bryce knew The Lord, believed He died for his sins, and accepted Him into his heart… Bryce is in a better place!!!

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

We will post the “Arrangements” at a later time.

Love you all!


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AMMO Looses Another One – Funeral Arrangements for Terry Wills

MSgt Terry Lee Wills (Ret), 53, of 35226 State Route 78, Lewisville, Ohio passed away Monday, April 15, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.

He was born at Sharon, Pennsylvania on August 21, 1959 a son of Shelba Johnson Wills who survives of Woodsfield, Ohio and the late James Wills.
Terry was a 1978 graduate of Woodsfield High School, Woodsfield, Ohio; a retired Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force and was currently a logistics planner for the United States Air Force. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, brother and son.

Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife, Angela Lofguist Wills whom he married on August 17, 1995; one daughter, Kayla Wills of the home; one son, Tyler Wills of the home; one brother, Chris (Nancy) Wills of Dayton, Ohio; three sisters, Tyra (David) Edgel of Lewisville, Ohio, Gail (Gale) Stovall of Henley, Missouri, and Crystal (David) Dixon of Lewisville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Watters Funeral Home, 37501 State Route 78 West, Woodsfield, Ohio from 2-4 and 6-8p.m. Friday where funeral services will be held at 1p.m. Saturday with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Calais Cemetery, Calais, Ohio with military graveside services conducted by the United States Air Force Honor Guard.

A loved one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our homes,
Which never can be filled.


His wife Angie worked in the AFMC AMMO office a few years back.
You can visit the website above to sign the guest book.