James T. Merritt
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James T. Merritt (Jim), 80, of 207 Manly Drive, Greenville, husband of Shirley King Merritt, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 29, 2012.
Born on March 31, 1932 in Luttrell TN, he was the son of the late Tarence T. Merritt and Beulah C. Merritt.
A graduate of Maynardville High School, he served in the Korean War, and in 1955 moved to Greenville, SC where he met, and married, his loving wife Shirley. Jim worked for several truck lines over a span of 41 years. Employed by ET&WNC, Ryder/PIE, and Tripe A. Cooper Motor Lines, he held positions in Sales Management and as Sales Director.
Jim was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed tending to his flowers and vegetable plants, as well as spending time with his family fishing, golfing and having heated conversations about college football. He was an avid fan of the Tennessee VOLS. Jim will also be remembered for his witty sense of humor. He was a member of Berea First Baptist Church and of the Bykota Sunday School Class.
Jim is survived by his wife Shirley King Merritt. Survivors other than his wife are his sons James Mark (Maria) Merritt of Singapore and Austin TX; Stephen Michael Merritt of Jacksonville FL; Thomas King (Sue) Merritt of Chicago IL; daughters Tena (Scott) Holan of Shorewood WI; and Christa Michelle Matthews of Greenville SC. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Melissa and Madeline Merritt, Christopher, Joshua and Cassidy Merritt, James and Emily Merritt, Haley and Jared Holan, and Robert (Robbie) (Brittney) Matthews. Jim was also devoted to his great-granddaughter Miya Matthews. Also surviving are his sister Carolyn (James) Chesney of Knoxville TN; a special sister-in-law Brenda (Wayne) Gillespie, and the Reverend Dr. Mahon Bishop who Jim considered as a brother.
Receiving of friends will be 10:00 to 11:00 AM, with funeral service to follow at 11:00 o'clock on Wednesday, January 2, in The Mackey Mortuary Chapel (311 Century Drive, Greenville), conducted by the Reverend Dr. D. Mahon Bishop and the Reverend Dr. Marshall Sargent. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Berea First Baptist Church.
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311 Century Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Published in The Greenville News on Dec. 31, 2012