William Bluford Merritt, Sr.

Born: Sat., Apr. 23, 1927
Died: Mon., Oct. 19, 2015


Visitation

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Oct. 24, 2015
Location: Siloam United Methodist Church


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 24, 2015
Location: Siloam United Methodist Church


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William Bluford “Billy” Merritt, Sr., age 88, of Siloam, GA passed away on Monday, October 19, 2015 at Athens Regional Medical Center.  Billy was born April 23, 1927 in Augusta, GA to the late George Lovett Merritt and Nelle Eberhardt Merritt.  Billy attended school in Siloam and  graduated from Greensboro High School in 1944 and then attended the University of Georgia.  He entered into the United States Navy where he proudly served his country during World War II and received an honorable discharge.  Following his time with the Navy, he returned home where he helped his mother and father on the family dairy farm and continued to operate the farm after their deaths.  Billy had many hobbies and really enjoyed old guns and tractors, but most of all he loved his family and spending time with friends.  He also enjoyed woodworking and bird hunting when he was younger.  Billy was a member of the American Legion, Farm Bureau, where he was president for six years and a founding member of Nathanael Greene Academy.
    
He is survived by a son, William Bluford “Chip” Merritt, Jr. of Siloam, GA; nieces, Nancy Merritt and Susan Elder, and close friend, Louise Jones of Siloam, GA.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Ann Mathews Merritt in 2003 at which time they had been married fifty-seven years; and a brother, Warren George Merritt.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Siloam United Methodist Church, 111 Church Street, Siloam, GA 30665 with Rev. Bert Mathews and Rev. Dr. Francis Ford officiating.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time for the service at the church.  The family requests that any memorials be made in Billy’s memory to  the American Heart Association, P O Box 672648, Marietta, GA 30006.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Betty O'Neal Jordan
   Posted Wed October 21, 2015
With deepest sympathy to "Chip" and all of the family and close friend Louise Jones.

Darline Lawson
   Posted Wed October 21, 2015
Chip, I am so sorry about Mr. Billy. I know you will truly miss him. I'm glad I got to know him through "The Georgia Ramblers". I always enjoyed talking with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Wed October 21, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with each member of the Merritt Family
during this time and in the weeks and months to come. Mr. Billy was
a true Southern Gentleman.

Kitty Lindsey
   Posted Wed October 21, 2015
Chip I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Billy,

Amy Duvall Davis
   Posted Wed October 21, 2015
Chip, I am so sorry about Mr. Billy's passing. I am praying for you during this time.

Miriam Lewis
   Posted Wed October 21, 2015
Deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Rex and Sandra Dauler
   Posted Wed October 21, 2015
Chip, Rex and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of your daddy. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!

Lee Moore
   Posted Thu October 22, 2015
Paula and I are sorry for your loss

Barbara Watkins Overton
   Posted Thu October 22, 2015
Chip my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your daddy was a really nice person.

Lane and Robin Smith
   Posted Fri October 23, 2015
Chip, I was saddened to hear of Mr. Billy`s passing. I have such fond memories living on Billy Merritt Road on the old farm. Your Mama and Daddy were a great blessing to me. I will forever hold a special place in my heart for them. May God give you great comfort in the days ahead.

Kathy Derby
   Posted Sun November 01, 2015
Chip, Nancy, Susan and Louise.

I am so very sorry for your loss and know how difficult a time this is for all of you. You remain in my Thoughts and Prayers.

I am so thankful that Billy was in my life for many years. I so enjoyed talking with him and learned a great deal from him. I enjoyed his company immensely.

Kay Ellenberg McClendon
   Posted Mon November 02, 2015
I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Billy's passing. I know you will miss him so much! I always enjoyed his visits and talking with him at church. He was a fine person.
We will be praying for all of you.