Rev. John James Merriman
1927 - 2020
The Rev. John James (Jim) Merriman, 93, of Mobile, Ala., formerly of Vandalia, went to meet His Savior on Nov. 7, 2020.
It was Jim's wish to be cremated and to be interred at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort, Ala. Services will be held on Friday at Luke 4:18 Fellowship in Mobile, Ala.
Jim was born on May 24, 1927, in Vandalia, the son of John and Rosa Merriman.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. Jim graduated from Greenville College with his bachelor's degree in sociology. He then went on to obtain his master's degree in divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He spent his life serving the Lord as a Baptist minister. He also enjoyed trading guns and gemology.
He is survived by his daughters, Deby and husband Karl Landry of Williamson, Ga., Teri and husband Jay Comeaux of Erath, La., Pam and husband, Mike Neely of Saraland, Ala.; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Tim and wife Lisa Merriman of Kealakekua, HI.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 68 years, Marilyn Tedrick Merriman; his son John L. Merriman; and two sisters, Lois Greeson and Rosemary Gerkin.
Published by The Leader-Union from Nov. 14 to Nov. 25, 2020.
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God blessed me with the greatest grandfather. He was loving, funny and most of all, godly! He loved Jesus and he (and Mimi) made a huge impact on my faith in Christ. I will forever be thankful that God allowed them to be my grandparents. I love and miss you Papaw! ♥
Missy Powers
November 26, 2020
He is my PaPa. Everything I learned about hard work and doing things right I learned from him. Spending long weekend mornings mowing his lawn and helping with yard work. Those were good days. He would always sneak me one of Mimi's sodas, afterwards, And we would often play pool together, or see what new game system he had just traded for. I remember Christmases in Southern Louisiana the whole family together us kids out back picking pecans out of the yard. Papa had the patience of a saint. I'm the little one that at four or five years old drove his vintage car into the garage door. And as proof of his patience I am still alive and grateful to have learned a lesson. Another servant called to the lord's side. We grieve and rejoice in the life that was Papa's
Sean Thomas
November 25, 2020
My father was a wonderful Christian man who served his country heroically as a very young man in the Navy on the USS San Francisco in WWII. He spent his life sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as a Southern Baptist pastor. He touched so many lives. I am certain he heard, “Well done thou good and faithful servant” when he met Jesus face to face. I love him so much and will miss him until I see him again.
Teri Merriman Comeaux
November 25, 2020
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