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WILSON - William L. "Bill" Mercer, 85, of Wilson, died Monday, August 5, 2013.
Funeral, Friday, 11:00 AM, First Baptist Church. Interment, Maplewood Cemetery.
He was a son of the late Thomas B. and Iva Worrell Mercer and was also preceded by a sister, Isadore Baker.
Surviving is his wife of 63 years, Barbara Mattox Mercer; proud father of sons, Joel William Mercer (Jacque) and Steven Paul Mercer (Karen); grandfather to Joel Richard Mercer (Jennifer), Andrew William Mercer, Katharine M. Mattox, Stephanie Lynn Joyner (Cameron Scott) and Christopher Gatling; great-grandfather of Audrey, Olivia, MacKenzie and Logan; sisters, Helen Ruth Page, Ruby Thorpe, Louise Roberts, Faye Tew and Linda Lamm; brother, Roney T. Mercer.
Growing up on the family farm in the Rock Ridge community, he graduated from Rock Ridge High School in 1946 and did coursework at NC State University. He served in the Air Force for four years and was promoted to Staff Sergeant. Upon release, he joined the state Department of Labor and went on to work for the federal department in the Wage and Hour Division retiring in 1989 with 26 years of service.
In Wilson, he served in a variety of church roles including deacon, finance chairman, Sunday School leader, Baptist Men and the scouting programs for Pack 8 and Troop 8 at First Baptist. In scouting, he served with the Wilson District and East Carolina Council earning many awards including Silver Beaver, God and Country and Wood badge. He travelled to Philmont Scout Ranch twice serving the Association of Baptist for Scouting in addition to the East Carolina Council.
Bill enjoyed fishing, woodworking and working in his yard and garden. As a Master Gardener for many years, he completed coursework with the Extension Service in order to provide information and support to gardeners across the county. He had a servant's heart and helping others daily was an expression of his Christian faith.
Bill and Barbara would like to express their sincere appreciation for the many visits, card and prayers from their friends and for the care they have received from the folk at Community Home Care and Hospice. Their friends always made sure Bill and Barbara knew they remained valued members of their church and community.
The family will be at Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive, Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.
Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church, PO Box 1467, Wilson, NC 27894, or to Baptist Children's Home, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361.
Arrangements by Wilson Memorial Service, Wilson, (252) 237-7171, www.wilsonmemorialservice.com.
Wilson Memorial Service
2811 Fieldstream Dr. N
Wilson, NC 27896
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on Aug. 7, 2013