William Watkins Merriman IV
1961 - 2020
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William Watkins Merriman IV
May 20, 1961 - November 8, 2020
Wilmington, North Carolina - William Watkins Merriman IV of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away November 8, 2020. Born in Raleigh on May 20, 1961, Bill was the oldest of five children. He grew up in Raleigh and spent his summers at Wrightsville Beach where he developed his love of the coast, boating and fishing. He graduated from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN and completed his education at UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. He spent many years in the Healthcare industry, where he won numerous awards and accolades. Most recently, he was Regional Manager of Specialty Medicine with the Atlantic Division of LabCorp.
Bill was a true family man and friend to many and took care of everyone around him. He will always be remembered for his big, bright smile, unmistakable laugh and sense of humor. The consensus among his co-workers was that he had a "heart of gold" and that they anticipated his arrival in meetings because he lit up the room and made everyone laugh.
Bill was an outdoorsman and loved fishing, hunting and gardening. He played soccer since high school and continued through most of his adult life. Known as "Coach Bill", he coached Mighty Might football for the city of Raleigh. He also coached many boys and girls soccer teams from elementary years all the way through high school.
Bill is survived by his wife, Connie Bradshaw Merriman, children William Watkins Merriman V and Marguerite Bailey Merriman, parents Sarah Morrison Merriman and William Watkins Merriman III, father-in-law Jim Bradshaw and wife Betty, sister Catherine Hollister Merriman, brother John Milton Merriman and wife Amy Tomlin Merriman, sister Sarah Forrest Merriman and brother David Morrison Merriman and wife Sarah Umstead Merriman. He is also survived by nephews and nieces Philip Thompson Green IV, William Merriman Green, Catherine Hollister Green, John Milton Merriman, Jr., Tatum Hollister Merriman, Collier West Merriman, Sarah Parker Umstead Merriman, David Morrison Merriman, Jr., Philip Macon Merriman and Aunts Shirley Merriman Faulk and Catherine Hollister Morrison.
A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.

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Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 22, 2020.
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December 11, 2020
I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. We knew each other many years ago in Raleigh and at UNC-Chapel Hill. It's been over 35 years since our paths crossed, but in my memory he is always smiling, full of mischief and forever young. My condolences to his family during what must be a very difficult time.
Amy Simmons Farber
December 4, 2020
My deepest sympathy to you all. I recently came back to LabCorp and regret that I will not get to work with him. I will always remember Bill as one-of-a-kind.
Cherita Bell
November 23, 2020
Connie, Will and Bailey – we were shocked and saddened beyond words when we heard the news. We were lucky enough to have had a few years with Bill when Brennan was on his soccer team and he made a lasting impact. He was everything you could want in a coach – he mentored as much as coached – and the boys loved playing for him. Bill taught the boys to handle victory with humility and defeat with grace. He made practices, games and tournaments fun regardless of outcome and we have fond memories of the outside-of-soccer get togethers he orchestrated for the boys and parents. Knowing how we feel, we can only begin to fathom the extent of your heartbreak and loss; we are thinking of you and your family, and you are in our prayers.
The Proudfoot's
November 23, 2020
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Merriman and Catherine,

My name is Nancy. My heart breaks for the loss of your son and brother, Bill. My mother is the former Nancy Ball and my father was John "Jack" O.D. Williams of Raleigh. When I was little, you all were great friends and our families played together often. Bill was my older brother Jack's age so they knew each other better. When I think of those long ago days, I feel laughter and joy. Catherine and I spent our younger years together and then met up again at the Delta house in Chapel Hill. I have always remembered your family with great fondness. I pray that God may somehow, someway provide you comfort and peace as he welcomes Bill with open arms.

With Love,

Little Nancy
Nancy Grimes Williams Carson
November 22, 2020
I love you brother!❤ I know you are at peace but I will miss you every single day for the rest of my life!
Sarah Merriman
November 22, 2020
Jess and I are extremely sorry for your terrible loss. We are sure the wonderful memories that you and Bill shared will help to provide comfort. We are thinking of you and your children in this very difficult time.
Dick and Jess Ives
Dick Ives
November 21, 2020
Bill and Sarah, just want you and your family are in our our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

Neal and Duden Hunt
Neal and Duden Hunt
November 21, 2020
Thinking of all the Merrimans during this very sad time. ❤Sudie
Sudie Remling Wagner
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