Carl L. Meriwether Jr.
1927 - 2021
BORN
1927
DIED
2021
Carl L. Meriwether Jr. died at home surrounded by his family on July 27, 2021 at the age of 94. Carl was born February 10, 1927, in Sunflower County, MS to Carl L. Meriwether and Nannie Pearl Clark. He became a resident of Baton Rouge in 1954. Carl and Nell were married in 1952. Carl was a true person of character and a legacy in his time and for many years to come. Carl loved his Country and enlisted in the United States Navy serving 8 years in WWII, Operation High Jump with Admiral Byrd and the Korean Conflict. "Always a privilege, never a sacrifice." Carl had Meriwether's Mobil full service station for 40 years. If you didn't know the station, it's likely you knew the marquee at the corner where birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, how many days till teal season, and so much more were displayed. Carl's work ethic was instilled in teenage boys who grew up to become the finest of men and the years they spent working at the service station will be talked about for a lifetime. He taught them "The Meriwether Way," a full service station right down to cleaning out ashtrays and checking spare tires. He somewhat reluctantly retired in 1996. He quickly signed up to be a volunteer "pink lady" at Baton Rouge General and served there from 1996 to 2003. Carl then began work at St. James Retirement Community shuttling the residents from 2003 until 2013. Carl and Nell were very active in various ministries at First Baptist Church, including a clothes closet for the homeless and Carl's Car Clinic. Carl and men from the Church along with former service station employees would do routine checks for anyone that came by. Carl received the Baton Rouge Inter-Civic Council Golden Deeds award in 2000. Carl and Nell had four children: Lester Meriwether (Donna), Lindy McManus, Anita Zeringue (Mike) and Lauren Stack (Dan) and niece Charise Meriwether. He had eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Carl is preceded in death by the love of his life Nell Meriwether, parents Carl and Lucille Meriwether and Mrs. C Chatham, sister Jane Ornsby, brother Clyde Meriwether and sister-in-law Diane Meriwether. Pallbearers are Kyle Armstrong, Clayton Schuler, Rick Munch, Darryl Powell, Tyler Lafauci, Dan MacDonald. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Gene Berry, Dr. Rusty Field, Dr. Stephen Antrobus, Dr. Crayton Fargason, John Hamberlin, Sonny Suggs and Don Haile. Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church, downtown Baton Rouge on Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 6 pm until 8 pm. Visitation resumes Monday, August 2, 2021 from 9 am until the Funeral Service at 11 am. Interment will follow at Louisiana National Cemetery, in Zachary, LA. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Salvation Army.



Published by The Advocate from Jul. 29 to Aug. 2, 2021.
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Mr. Meriwether was an institution in our neighborhood and family. "Call Mr. Meriwether" was the go-to answer in our family with my mom, 3 teen girls and a younger brother driving while my dad worked each day. Flat tires, out of gas, unknown reasons, he would rescue us, drive us home, and get our car fixed. Even after hours. Im so sorry for the family's loss but knowing he touched so many people's lives for years and years must be some comfort.
Jerry Hickel Sutcliffe
August 4, 2021
Jean West
August 3, 2021
Mr. Meriwether was one of a kind , to say the least! We loved listening to all of his stories, looking at his beautiful fruit trees and of course on occasion going to his car clinic downtown on Saturday mornings. He will me missed however we know he is In his glory with his Lord. God Bless America Mr. Meriwether , Thank you for being such a wonderful role model to so many. John and Cori Lanclos
Cori and John Lanclos
Friend
August 1, 2021
I only know him through his actions and service to the community. He was everything that we should all strive to be, though most fall far short. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Larry Murray
August 1, 2021
Lindy you can find peace knowing you did all you could for them . Before they became sick , you were always there
Marilyn Wilson
July 31, 2021
To Anita & the rest of the Meriwether clan. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. Iv'e known him all of my life & worked for him for 2 years.He was an instution in south Baton Rouge & will be greatly missed. He ran the best service station in town & and was a great inspiration to teenage boys. He taught them to be proud of whatever you do & always give 100 %. May God be with you all during this difficult time.
David Yarbro
July 30, 2021
R.I.P. Carl. You made an everlasting impression on us, the people who worked for you, and the many young people who benefited from your life experience and work ethic. We are grateful for your military service, your love of country, religious belief, and all of your volunteer efforts. Our daughter never forgot how to change a tire after you taught her, and made sure her own daughters learned the same lesson.
Terry and Liz Beven
July 30, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Marian&James Smith
Friend
July 29, 2021
Mr Meriweather was one of funniest and great men I ever meet. My dad had a grocery store on Perkins that his family were fateful clients. My dad always bought gas and service his vehicles at his station. In the early 70s there was a gas shortage but Mr Meriweather would always call my dad to come fuel up his vehicle so we could keep his store operating. He was just a all around great man and we are better for knowing his family
Steve Mumphrey
July 29, 2021
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