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Brian Dudley Merriman

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Brian Dudley Merriman


Brian Dudley Merriman passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Born January 3, 1962 in Greenwood, SC, he is survived by his wife and college sweetheart, Susanna Merriman, and his four children, Erica Lynn Britenburg (29) of Greenville, SC; Jordan Thomas Britenburg (19), Morgan Taylor Merriman (14), and Alexis Tate Merriman (12), all of Anderson, SC. He is also survived by his parents, Kenneth E. and Jane Mabrey Merriman of Florence, SC; his sister, Mabrey Merriman Matherly, her husband Dr. Scott Matherly, and their children, Kenneth and Josephine of Richmond, Virginia. He was predeceased by his grandparents, William Dudley and Alice Mabrey. He is also survived by his in-laws, Drs. Jack and Joan McLaughlin of Clemson, SC. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, William Dudley and Alice Smith Mabrey.

A devoted husband and father, Brian involved himself in all aspects of the lives of his children and was an advocate for his community. Of his many titles, Brian was Co-founder/Den Leader of the Montessori School of Anderson Pack 997, as well as a Boy Scout of America member and Assistant Scoutmaster of the Montessori School of Anderson BSA Troop 97. He was inducted into the scouting honors society as a member of the Order of the Arrow - Ca-Nu-Pa Chapter, where he served the needs of the community along with his son and fellow chapter member, Jordan. Brian accompanied Jordan to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and encouraged him toward his achievement of the Eagle Scout rank.

Along with his family, Brian regularly volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He and his family received the Lila Albergotti Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013. He assisted in completing renovations on the Anderson Meals on Wheels exterior for his son's Eagle Project in 2012.

Brian coached his daughters' (Morgan and Alexis) soccer teams with his long-time friend, David Rogers, at the Anderson YMCA from 2004-2013, as well as the Montessori School of Anderson soccer team. He also served on the Montessori Board as President and as a member for approximately 8 years, where all of his children attended school.

As a young man, Brian attended Clemson University, where he received his BS in Agricultural Engineering in 1985 and a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1986. During his time at Clemson, he met Susanna, where they soon fell in love. He was also fortuitously instructed in English by his future mother-in-law, Joan. After he and Susanna wed in 1999, he and his family loved attending Clemson games, where it became a cherished pastime.

After graduation, Brian was hired as a control systems engineer with CRS Sirrine in Greenville, SC, from 1986 until 1993, designing and starting up industrial process plants and power plants in the US and Canada. In 1993, Brian joined John Brown Engineers and Constructors, later known as Kvaerner Engineering, as the Control Systems Department Head. Brian was a Siemens Solution Partner advisory board member and a member of Siemens Solution.

In 1998, Brian started his own engineering company with two dear friends and colleagues, Kenneth James O'Malley and Michael Dennis Scott. Applied Engineering Solutions, Inc. (aeSolutions), headquartered in Greenville, SC, where he served as President and Co-founder. Under his passionate leadership, Brian grew aeSolutions from a startup with 6 employees to a national engineering company with 170 employees and major offices located in Greenville, South Carolina; Houston, Texas; and Anchorage, Alaska. aeSolutions is listed as the 49th largest automation engineering company in Control Engineering's 2014 System Integrator Giants listing. Brian's passion was always to make the process manufacturing industry safer through education and automated process safety lifecycle management. His passion and leadership leaves behind a solid foundation for the company management to carry his work forward.

Brian touched the lives of many with his charisma and sincere passion for each relationship he established by truly valuing every individual he encountered.

Visitation services will be Friday, September 5 from 6-8 P.M. at Sullivan King Mortuary on Hwy 81 in Anderson, SC. Funeral service will be Saturday, September 6 at 11 A.M. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Anderson, SC, officiated by Fr. Stephen Kluge, OFM and Rev. Brother Henry L. Fulmer OFM Friar Brother. The burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to either:

•Meals on Wheels-Anderson

105 S. Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29624

•Montessori School of Anderson

280 Sam McGee Road, Anderson, SC 29621

•The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-Research Memorial

In Memory of Brian Merriman, Allocated.

107 Westpark Blvd, Suite 150, Columbia, SC 29210

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