Services for Edward Merritt, 74, of Calvary, are at 2 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2008, at chapel of Clark Funeral in Cairo. Pastor Clyde Singletary will officiate. In honor of the family’s beloved father, friends and family are encouraged to share a favorite memory or story during the service. Interment follows at Pine Forest Baptist Church Cemetery in Decatur County. Active pallbearers are grandsons Robert Rentz, David Bryant, Josh Merritt and Ryan Merritt; nephew Joe Johnson; and family friend Johnny Lambert. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons Patrick Bryant and Rance Swicord. Mr. Merritt died Tuesday, May 20, at Grady General Hospital. Born Sept. 13, 1933, in Brooks County, he was a son of the late Sam H. Merritt and the late Valley Smith Omans. On Aug. 28, 1955, he married the late Helen Rachel Weidow. They lived much of their married life in Grady County. Mr. Merritt served his country in the Korean War and was a retired independent truck driver. He will be remembered for his humor, love of storytelling and devotion to his family. Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Shirley Bryant, of Thomasville, Rebecca and Anthony Bichel of Tallahassee, Fla.; sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin and Debbie Merritt of Calvary, George Merritt and Christine Williams of Calvary, Joseph and Tammy Merritt of Cairo, Johnny Merritt and Martha Ross of Cairo; brothers and sister-in law, Harold and Vera Mae Merritt of Lamont, Raymond Omans of Whigham; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Murray Johnson Jr. of Ranger, Louise and Luther Calhoun of Madison, Fla., Letha and Edward Powell of Cairo; 18 grandchildren, Shannon Webb, Patrick Bryant, David Bryant, Joshua Merritt, Jessica Merritt, Robert Rentz, LeeAnn Chappell, Alexandria Williams, Alexis Smalls, Christopher Williams, Christian Williams, Ryan Merritt, Christy Merritt, Rance Swicord, Quinyeda Mills, Konda Merritt, Chastin Johnson, and Merritt Bichel; six great-grandchildren, Yaritza Bryant, Rafael Bryant, Kimberly Bryant, Alex Bryant, Jonathan Rentz, and Shaquara Mills; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam Merritt and Valley Omans; step-father Joe Omans; his beloved wife, Helen Merritt; and his daughter Vallery Merritt. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., today at the funeral home. Visitors may sign the online guest register at www.clarkfuneral.com — at Clark Funeral Home

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