Robert Marshall Merriman Sr., 79, of Galax, Va., passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, at his home.
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Merriman was born in Spencer, Va., on May 6, 1934, to James Eldridge Merriman and Alice Marshall Merriman.
He was a 1951 graduate of Spencer Penn High School and a 1955 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He spent his entire career in the furniture industry, having worked at Bassett Furniture Industries, United Furniture and Vaughan-Bassett Furniture.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Barbara Welch Merriman; his sons, Robert Marshall Merriman Jr. of Bedminster, N.J., and James Welch Merriman and his wife Allison Walters Merriman of Charlotte, N.C.; and his granddaughters, Elizabeth Claire Merriman and Laura Marshall Merriman.
The family received friends Thursday, March 27, 2014, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Old Well Christian Church in Spencer, Va., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Ron Hennis officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bob Merriman Scholarship Fund, C/O Spencer Penn Centre, P.O. Box 506, Spencer, Va. 24165.
A guestbook is available on line at www.vaughanguynn.com.
Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home - Galax
201 West Center Street
Galax, VA 24333
Published in Galax Gazette from Mar. 28 to Mar. 30, 2014