W.L. 'Pete' Merritt
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CHINA GROVE - W.L. "Pete" Merritt, 72, of China Grove, passed away Friday, Jan.17, 2014, at the Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.
He was born Nov.10, 1941, in Rowan County, to the late Coy and Lizzie Merritt. Pete attended Rowan County schools and was a former China Grove police officer. He then worked for and retired from the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Upon retirement, Pete worked at Gary's Bar-B-Q in China Grove.
He was of the Baptist faith, loved attending car shows, and was a "Chevrolet Guy," through and through.
Pete is survived by his wife, Becky Porter Merritt, whom he married June 12, 1982; son, Scott Merritt and wife Brittany of Salisbury; and sister Louise Motes of Sumter, S.C.
Visitation:The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, Jan. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Powles Funeral Home in Rockwell.
Service:There will be a memorial service on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 5p.m. in the chapel of Powles Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Jimmie Porter.
Memorials:Memorials may be made to Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove Street, Salisbury, NC 28144.
Powles Funeral Home, the honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the family of Mr. Merritt. Online condolences may be made at www. powlesfuneralhome.com.
Powles Funeral Home, Inc.
913 West Main Street Rockwell, NC 28138
Published in Salisbury Post on Jan. 21, 2014