|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1926|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1983|
College Football Hall of Fame Coach. The ninth all-time most winning collegiate football coach with an overall record of 232-65-11. Best remembered as head coach at Tennessee State University, where his teams compiled a record of 172-33-7 between 1963 and 1983. Prior to coaching at Tennessee State, he coached for ten years at Jackson State University where his teams had a cumulative 60-32-4 record. Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Eldridge Dickey, Richard Dent, Waymond Bryant, Joe "747" Adams, Cleveland Elam, "Jefferson Street Joe" Gilliam, Jr., Vernon "Suki" Holland, Claude Humphrey, Joe "Turkey" Jones, James Marsalis, William Wynn, and Israel Lang are among his players who enjoyed success at the professional level. Nashville's "John A. Merritt Blvd." and "Big John Merritt Football Classic" are named in his honor .
Plot: Taylor Circle, Lot 5-A, Grave 2
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jun 17, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 9975
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