Milton Wayne Merritt, Sr.

ALBANY -- Service for Milton Wayne Merritt, Sr.- Saturday, February 25, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at The Oakridge Baptist Church, 1708 W. Oakridge Drive, Albany, GA. Presiding will be Bishop Victor L. Powell and the eulogy by Rev. Karl W. Merritt.

Born: October 7, 1923 in Miller County, Georgia

Parents: The late Ezra Wayne & Nettie Johnson Merritt

Wife: Alice Jewel Goins Merritt

Children: Karl W. Merritt (Denise) Fayetteville, N.C; Dexter P. Merritt (Michelle) Albany, GA; Shelton L. Merritt, Hinesville, GA; James L. Merritt (Deborah) Longbeach, CA; Karla F. Merritt-Gilmore (Derrick) Huntsville, AL; Milton Wayne Merritt, Jr. (Cindy) Albany, GA; 21 Grandchildren; 9 Great-grandchildren

Siblings: John W. Merritt (Edith); Dr. Ezra A. Merritt (Zenobia); Myrtle Baulkman (Joe) all of Savannah, GA.

Proceeded in death by James Merritt, Edith McDuffie, Patrick Merritt and Robert Merritt.

Uncle: Rubin Johnson, Orlando, FL;

Aunt: Cornelia Johnson, Columbus, GA;

Godchildren: Sherrie Pittman, Sherry D. Jones, Willie P. Hicks and Bishop Victor L. Powell. Also a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.


High School- Union Normal, Bainbridge, GA

Georgia State College Now Savannah State University

... BS Sociology, minor in English, Certification in Drafting and Building Construction

... Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass; Merrell Fellow American Baptist Seminary, Nashville, TN

Military: US Army, WWII

Career History

Pastored 50 plus years; Educator: Grady, Mitchell and Terrell County School Systems; Building Inspector for Dougherty County; Liaison between White and Black Baptist of Georgia Southern Baptist Convention; Author: The Rough Side of the Mountain co- authored with Karl W. Merritt; Presided over and worked in several civic, religious and political organizations.

Mathews Funeral Home

Albany 229/435-5657