Corden Merritt (1916 - 2014)

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Corden W. Merritt

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Corden W. Merritt, 98, of Huntington, entered into heaven Sat., June 28, 2014.

Born May 7, 1916, in Huntington, he was a son of the late Robert E. and Armilda Queen Merritt.

He is also preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 70 years, Thelma Spry Merritt; son, Barney E.; sister, Hattie Brunty, and brothers, Shirley and Virgil.

Survivors include two sons, one daughter and two daughters-in-law, Corden "Bill" and Linda Merritt of Marana, Ariz., Barry Merritt of Huntington, Becky Estes and Don Greer of Milton and Patty Merritt of Dumfries, Va. In addition, he is survived by 15 grandchildren, Kem Merritt, Jon Merritt, Geoff Merritt, Mai Merritt, Cari Merritt, Timothy Merritt, Tammy Merritt, Randy Merritt, Krista Merritt, Dennis Merritt, Sean Merritt, Chanda Dilks, Leslie Webster, Travis Mullins and Ashley Toukabri; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mr. Merritt was raised in Logan County and worked in the coal mines for 24 years. In 1960, he moved his family to Hammond, Ind., and worked for Inland Steel for 20 years. After raising their family, he and his wife retired to Harts Creek in 1979, until they found their permanent home in Milton in 1981and remained there until 2010 when they moved to Huntington. Mr. Merritt was a member of the Milton Baptist Church and helped found the Milton Senior Center. He will be remembered for his love of family and sense of humor. He was a loving husband, wonderful dad and the world's best pa paw.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Wed., July 2, from 6-8 p.m. at Heck Funeral Home at Milton where a celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Thurs., July 3, with Pastor Allen Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Milton Cemetery.

Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at

Heck Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in The Logan Banner from June 30 to July 1, 2014