The Rev. Merlin Lee Boone

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The Rev./Dr. Merlin Lee Boone, 74, of Shallotte died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. He was the son of the late Paul Boone and Thelma Roberson Boone. He was on the General Board of the N.C. Baptist Convention from 1981-1985. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church where he had pastored for more than 25 years.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Taylor Boone of the home; sons, Bartley (Boomer) Boone and wife Billie of Holden Beach, John Purvis (Penny Woolard, significant other), Jamie Purvis (Lorie Bostick, significant other), Jason Purvis and wife Dawn, Justin Purvis and wife Heather, Robert Burt and wife Colleen, all of Greenville; brothers, Paul Boone and wife Sue, Willard Boone and wife Sharon, and Philip Boone, all of Oklahoma; grandchildren, Amber Delong and husband Christopher, Alaina, Kaitlyn, Jaiden, Kayla, Anna Grace, McKenzie, Aiden, Eli, Mac and Matthew Shroyer; great-grandchildren, Shyla and Makenna.
Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m., at Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Coy Long officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 26, at the church from 2 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church, 9512 Red Hill Road, Whiteville, NC 28472.

Published in The Brunswick Beacon on Nov. 1, 2018