Doyle Lewis Merritt

Born: Sat., Jul. 31, 1937
Died: Tue., Nov. 12, 2013

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Doyle Lewis Merritt, age 76, of Martinez, GA, died on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at University Hospital in Augusta, GA. Born July 31, 1937 in Greene County, he was the son of the late Reid Ceils Merritt andOnnie Belle Lewis Merritt. He attended Greensboro High School. On March 11, 1960, he married the former Regina Roth of Washington, Georgia. He grew up dairy farming and continued cattle farming throughout his life. His working career began as a meat cutter at A & P in Washington, GA and later he owned and operated his own grocery store, The Lincoln IGA. After closing the grocery store, he worked for USDA APHIS for eight years. He was a member of Martinez United Methodist Church. The things he enjoyed most were working on the cattle farm, being with friends and especially being with his family and playing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Regina Carolyn Roth Merritt of Martinez, GA; children, Sandra Merritt Hardee, Donna Merritt Saxon (Jeff), Charlie Merritt (Cindy) all of Martinez, GA and Tony Merritt (Dana) of Evans, GA; brothers, Jack V. Merritt (Montine) of White Plains, GA, Ceils Merritt (Carol) of White Plains, GA; sisters, Sybil Godbee (Marion) of Covington GA, and Lois Leach (Billy) of White Plains, GA; grandchildren, Haley Merritt, Erica Saxon, Austin Saxon, Kirk Saxon, Reid Merritt, Morgan Merritt, Jessi Chambers and Heather Hardee; great grandchildren, Laci and Lily Edenfield; a number of other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Nell Powell and Louise Atkinson.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Liberty United Methodist Church, 3091 Liberty Church Road, White Plains, GA 30678 with Rev. Randy Godbee officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Reid Merritt, Austin Saxon, Kirk Saxon, Cecil Powell, Darrell Merritt and Darrell Roth. The family will receive friends Wednesday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Janet Copelan Hallman
   Posted Tue November 12, 2013
Regina & Family, Jack, Ceils, It breaks our heart to hear about Doyle. Doyle was so good to mama and daddy with all the weekly visits and help. Doyle was so kind hearted and he will be greatly missed. Regina, you have done so much for my family, if there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask. God must have really needed a special angel. Our thoughts and prayers from us and mama and daddy are with all of you. Janet, David, Josh and Robert

Jennifer Sorrow
   Posted Tue November 12, 2013
Sending you our deepest sympathies. The Vernon Batson Family

Shelly Myers
   Posted Wed November 13, 2013
Tony & Dana and all the Merritt family, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Merritt's passing, my heart goes out to you all. Sending prayers of comfort for the days ahead. I will be thinking of you all. Sending our love Randy, Shelly & Jacqueline Myers

Billy Corry
   Posted Wed November 13, 2013
Ceils and Mr. Jack and the whole family my deepest sympathies. Billy Corry

Karen Lewis Saggus
   Posted Wed November 13, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about Doyle. We had so many good and fun times working together. May God grant you the comfort and peace you all need at this difficult time. We love you all.

Haley Merritt
   Posted Wed November 13, 2013
I'll miss you Pop. Thank you for all the special memories I will now cherish and remember forever. You were the best man I have ever met and I love you so much. Laci will miss her Pop and I will miss seeing her little face light up everytime she seen you. Until we meet again, Pop. Can't wait to see you!

Michele Dewyngaert
   Posted Wed November 13, 2013
Donna, I am so sorry for your loss and hope you and your family feel the prayers being sent up for you. May you find comfort and peace. Michele

Allen Dempsey
   Posted Wed November 13, 2013
SO sorry to hear of Mr. Merritt's passing. The whole Merritt family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam Savici
   Posted Thu November 14, 2013
So sorry to hear about Mr. Doyle. He was such a sweet man, enjoyed working for him many years ago at IGA.

Sandra Peace
   Posted Thu November 14, 2013
Regina and Family, So sorry to hear about Doyle's passing. He was a special and fun loving person. I have many fond memories of him and the farm (the hog farm)!~ Love to all, God Bless each of you he will surely be missed.

Robert & Annette Dowdy
   Posted Thu November 14, 2013
Regina and family, we were so sad to hear about Doyle. There was no nicer guy anywhere. I know he will be missed by everyone who knew him. You are in our prayers.

Melissa Davis
   Posted Thu November 14, 2013
So sad to loose such a wonderful man!!

Barbara Winterrowd
   Posted Thu November 14, 2013
I have many memories of talking with Doyle at the tractor pull's. My greatest condolences to the family.

Mindy Bentley
   Posted Fri November 15, 2013
My family and I are so sorry for your loss. I have so many fun and precious memories of Mr. Doyle when I was growing up. We are here if you need us.

cheryl williamson
   Posted Mon November 18, 2013
Reginia and family,so sorry to hear about Doyle's passing, you are in my prayers and thought. I pray the Holy Spirit bring you peace and comfort. Doyle was very special, I can remember his funny way of picking at everyone. May he rest in peace,

Teresa Baston Walker
   Posted Tue December 10, 2013
Mrs. Merritt, Donna, Sandra, Charlie, and Tony, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Merritt's death. He was such a kind and funny man that I remember fondly from my teenage years. I pray that God will comfort each of you and grant you peace. Sincerely, Teresa