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John Wesley Merritt
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Birth: May 13, 1913
Delhi
Caldwell County
Texas, USA
Death: Oct. 26, 2005
Mineral Wells
Palo Pinto County
Texas, USA

Spouses: (1) Lottie "Mae" Pauline Etheridge, m. 3 Nov 1941, Olden, TX; div. 4 Apr 1975; (2) Eleanor Mary Wilcox m. 4 Jan 1978 in Mineral Wells, TX; div. 8 Feb 1980; (3) Pauline Thurman m. 16 May 1985 in Pantego, TX


~~~ Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home - obituary ~~~

John Wesley Merritt, 92, of Mineral Wells, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at his home.

Service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Southside Church of Christ with interment in the Sturdivant Cemetery. William Eudy and Rev. Bill Harrell will officiate. Pallbearers are Dheryl Sherrell, Moss Dickerson, Noel Thompson, J. R. Patterson, Mark Pittman and Jim Jones. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday.

John was born May 13, 1913, in Delhi, Caldwell County, Texas, the son of Bennett Davis and Mary Belle (Easley) Merritt; paternal grandson of 1stLt James Wesley Merritt (CSA) of Virginia and Susan (Cartwright) Merritt of Tennessee; maternal grandson of William and Ella (Scott) Easley of Bastrop County, Texas (daughter of Walter Patrick and Agnes (Clopton) Scott, also of Bastrop County, Texas).

He was a medic in the 112th Cavalry in the South Pacific during World War II, a cook at Southern Airways and a truck driver. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Southside Church of Christ and Mineral Wells Masonic Lodge. He married Pauline Thurman, May 1985, in Pantego, Texas, and lived in Mineral Wells for many years.

Survivors include his third wife, Pauline Maude Thurman of Mineral Wells; sons and daughters-in-law, Ted and Robin Merritt of Crockett, Texas; Lance Merritt of Plano, Texas; Roy and Shanna Merritt of Plano; and Lewis and Tracy Merritt of Mansfield, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Mona and Tony Kernagis of Homewood, Ill.; and Mary and Mike Fitz of Arlington, Texas; stepchildren and spouses, Rebecca and Pat Brice of Fort Worth; Dorothy Burns of Arlington, Texas, and Doug and Mary Davis of Pantego, Texas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Nora Turner, Mabel Ford, Emma Warren and Juanita Reedy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by siblings
Owen Carlton Merritt (1914-2000)
Sue Ella Merritt (1919-1980)
Bennett Davis Merritt, Jr. (1921-1949)
Thomas Edward Merritt (1927-1996)
Raymond Randolph Merritt (1928-2003)
Walter Scott Merritt (1932-1994)
Joe Everett Merritt, Sr. (1934-1988)
Trine Merritt (aka Tyrone Ross Yoakum 1938-2003)
and by the mother of his children, first wife
Lottie Pauline Etheridge (1925-2001).
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1. 1920 census - Bastrop Co., TX: Pct. #2, E.D. 20, p. 7A, 119/123 [age 6; b. TX].
2. 1930 census - Callahan Co., TX: Cross Plains, E.D. 30-9, p. 11A [150A] 255/266 [age 17; b. TX].
3. Marriage and divorce records, Palo Pinto Co. (div from Lottie Pauline Merritt, 4 Apr 1975).
4. Marriage and divorce records, Palo Pinto Co. (div from Eleanor Mary Cox, 8 Feb 1980).
5. Obituary of brother, Joe.
6. Obituary, "Mineral Wells Index," 28 Oct 2005.
7. SSDI [451-03-5047 TX].
8. "Descendants of James Wesley Merritt," 1069. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Bennett Davis Merritt (1867 - 1939)
  Mary Belle Easley Merritt / Holyfield / Hirschorn / Wilson (1895 - 1962)
 
 Spouses:
  Lottie Pauline Etheridge Merritt (1925 - 2001)*
  Eleanor Mary Wilcox Gunter (1921 - 1994)*
 
 Children:
  Lewis Wayne Merritt (1964 - 2013)*
 
 Siblings:
  Oen Lee Merritt (1884 - 1900)**
  John Wesley Merritt (1913 - 2005)
  Owen Carlton Merritt (1914 - 2000)*
  Mabel Mary (Gennie) Merritt Ford (1917 - 2008)*
  Sue Ella Merritt Woods (1919 - 1980)*
  Bennett Davis Merritt (1921 - 1949)*
  Lou Emma Merritt Warren (1923 - 2010)*
  Reba Juanita Merritt Reedy (1925 - 2014)*
  Thomas Edward Merritt (1927 - 1996)*
  Raymond Randolph Merritt (1929 - 2003)*
  Walter Scott Merritt (1932 - 1994)*
  Joe Everett Merritt (1934 - 1988)*
  Tyron Ross Yoakum (Merritt) (1938 - 2003)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Sturdivant Cemetery
Mineral Wells
Palo Pinto County
Texas, USA
Plot: A3 #81
 
Maintained by: FitzMerritt
Originally Created by: Toni Turk
Record added: Sep 27, 2008
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John Wesley Merritt
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John Wesley Merritt
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John Wesley Merritt
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for my favorite uncle, I think about you often. You will always be missed
- Tanya
 Added: Jan. 14, 2009
 
 
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