Merwin Glen EMRICK

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EMRICK, Merwin Glen (Rick)Commander U.S. Navy retired, age 94, went to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ on July 6, 2013. He is preceded in death by mother and father, Hazel Fern and Lowell Emrick, and by brother, Wendell W. Emrick. Survived by loving wife of 66 years, Georgia W. Emrick; son, Stephen G. Emrick; daughter-in-law, Colleen Emrick; grandsons, Paul and Robert; granddaughter, Heather Waldron (Joe); great-granddaughters, Lillian & Abigail Waldron; twin sister, Myrna Ashurst of Independence, Missouri; and nephews, Gary, Mark and Rick Ashurst. He often commented about how much he loved and appreciated his loving, caring, happy, Christian family. He was a wonderful, loving husband, parent and grandparent. Commander Emrick served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 until 1962 as a Naval Officer and Aviator. After graduating first in his class at Naval aviation school, he was assigned to be command pilot of a four engine seaplane/patrol bomber with a crew of 8. He was awarded medals and citations for naval service during World War two and the Korean War. 10 years of this service was foreign service and sea service. He began work with the Tennessee Dept of Employment Security in 1963 and was an Assistant Commissioner when he retired in 1984. In 1987, he received the Retiree of the Year Award and in 1989, he received the Hall of Fame Award, their highest award. He served as a member of the Metropolitan Action Commission and other public service groups, and received citations for this service. He was a member of the Granny White Church of Christ, the American Legion, Post five, the Military Officers Association of America, and the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security (IAPES). His family and friends knew Rick as a humorist. He collected jokes and had a knack for telling the most appropriate ones at just right time. He also had a very active mind- was an expert bridge player. We all feel honored to have shared life with this wonderful man. He wrote a collection of stories about his experiences during World War II that were published in the American Legion book-Post #5 Heroes. The Hendersonville Standard newspaper published a full-page article about his exploits in WWII recently. On Tuesday, July 9th, friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family at Granny White Church of Christ, 3805 Granny White Pike, from eleven a.m. to one p.m., to be followed by funeral services with Dr. Dennis Loyd officiating, private entombment to follow. Active Pallbearers: Paul Emrick, Robert Emrick, Joe Waldron, Bill Link, George Malo, Richard Vaughn, Clark Havens and Ed Sanders. Honorary Pallbearers: Elders and Deacons of Granny White Church of Christ, J.P. Ramsey, Sam Frame, Bill Price, Dr. Jim Jackson, John Kuenneth and Jim Robert. The family wishes to thank and commend WillowBrook Hospice for their extremely professional and loving care during this difficult time. In lieu of customary floral tributes, donations may be made to the Granny White Church of Christ or the .


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Published in The Tennessean on July 8, 2013
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