KINSTON - Mary J. "Tootie" Merritt, 99, of Kinston passed away Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Harmony Hall. Mary was an assistant to the director to Presbyterian Village, and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph L. Merritt and son, William Scott Merritt. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Wanda Neely officiating, with visitation to follow. A burial will be held at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, Tenn. Tootie is survived by her nieces and nephews, Raymond J. Foster Jr. of Waynesboro, Va., Catherine Foster Swann and husband Meredith, of Kinston, N.C., William Booker Foster and wife Marilyn, of Wilmington, Del., Darnell Jones and wife Connie, of Greenville, N.C., Steffi Jones and wife Lulu, of Florida, Betty Miles Bradford of Chapel Hill, N.C., Virginia Ann Pryor and husband Toby, of England, Darnell George Jones of McHenry, Ill., Cynthia Jones Locke and husband Melvin, of McHenry, Ill., and many great nieces and nephews and great- great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Charles House Elder Care Center, 109 Hillcrest Avenue, Carrboro, N.C. 27510. Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2013