Athens native, Colonel Merritt B. Pound, Jr, USAF, Retired, died unexpectedly Thursday morning Jan. 17, 2013 at Athens Regional Hospital following complications from heart surgery. He was 78.
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A life-long Georgia Bulldog fan, Colonel Pound witnessed his first Georgia game in 1938 at the age of 4. He went on to star on the Georgia tennis team 1952-1955 and during his senior year served as the team captain under his cousin, Coach Dan Magill. A career Air Force officer and pilot, Colonel Pound culminated his 28 year military career in1983 as the commander of the University of Georgia's Air Force ROTC detachment and professor of aerospace studies. As one of the Georgia Bulldogs biggest fans, he missed only six games since his retirement in 1983. During the Vietnam War, while stationed in Japan, Colonel Pound hitch-hiked via Army planes to Georgia's 1966 Cotton Bowl game against SMU and the 1967 Liberty Bowl against N.C. State in Memphis, Tenn.
Colonel Pound was a member of the Athens Rotary Club and the Gridiron Secret Society. He also served as a member of the Board of Managers of the University of Georgia Alumni Society. He was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church in Athens, GA.
He is survived by his wife, Evlyn and sons Sergeant Major Merritt Pound III, USA, Retired and Richard Weaver II, and daughters Libby Weaver (Hollett), Dr. Susan Weaver (Hawn), and Nancy Weaver (Gaultney.) He leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at the First United Methodist Church, Athens, GA at 1:00 p.m, January 21, 2013. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Colonel Pound's memory to the First United Methodist Church in Athens, GA.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com/>
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Jan. 20, 2013