James S. Merritt

Born: Wed., May 26, 1943
Died: Sat., Jan. 31, 2015

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Tue., Feb. 03, 2015
Location: Carpenter's Chapel

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James Simpson Merritt of Columbia, South Carolina

Born in Greenville County, SC, James is the oldest son of Rev. Simpson Merritt and Mrs. Nettie Wolfe Merritt.  He is survived by two brothers, Dr. John Merritt of Tampa, FL and Dr. Carey Merritt, of Jacksonville, FL, one sister Mrs. Becky Etters of Greenwood, SC, three daughters, Sally Merritt of Columbia, SC and Courtney Merritt and Jamie Lauren Merritt, both of Anderson, SC, and by three grandchildren.

He is a graduate of Wren High School in Powdersville, SC and the University of South Carolina with Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Education. 

He had a career in teaching and in counseling. He was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 70s, volunteering as the first white teacher in a formerly black school in Anderson County, at Spearman High School. He was also active in the Urban League and other social movements.

Memorial service will be at Carpenter’s Chapel in Powdersville, SC on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM, and he will be interred at the family cemetery in Powdersville.


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R Brown
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
I am sorry to hear of your loss. The Bible promises that death is not the end. John 5;28,29 assures us; "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all that are in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out."

Allen J Rivkin
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
I'm very sorry to read about James in the State Newspaper today. When he was going to school at USC here in Columbia, he was working for my father. At the time he was working at Edwards Mens Shop on Assembly St and when my father opened up Marks Mens Store on Main St, he was the first employee at the new store. The newspaper took a picture to put in as the grand opening picture and it was James behind the counter. When I started at USC myself, it was James who offered to help me through the registration procedures and made me feel at ease at such a big new school and environment. You might say he was always a helpful person who did things to help because that was just his good nature. I'll always remember him even though I haven't seen him in many years. Truely a good man!

Carey Merritt, Sharon Merritt
   Posted Wed February 04, 2015
Farewell Big Brother, adviser, mentor, counselor. You were the empathy and generosity of our generation and personally showed me the path to take, and the one to avoid. You'll never be forgotten, but frequently remembered, and those memories will at first smile, then laugh, then give way to contemplation and a better understanding of you, Our Brother, and of ourselves.

Debbie Carrier
   Posted Wed February 04, 2015
My prayers are with you and your family during this time. Keep the memories close and celebrate his life.

Gary Fisher
   Posted Wed February 04, 2015
We are so sorry to hear of the death of your brother James. You are in our hearts and prayers. We miss you. Love, Gary and Carol Fisher

Lindalee & Steve Cleveland
   Posted Fri February 06, 2015
James was a dear friend of ours back when we first met. He often claimed responsibility of making sure Steve knew to not let that sweet girl get away, she's a good one, he would say. We are so sorry that we did not get the news until today and missed the service. Love to his girls from us. We got to hear stories of Sally. Courtney and Lauren were just little when we would get to see them. James would beam if he could see our 2 children (that are now 17 and almost 19). God Bless and our prayers are with the family. Love, Lindalee & Steve

James and Linda White
   Posted Sat February 07, 2015
Sorry to hear of James' passing.... May each of you sense the awesome, real, wondrous love of God in Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, through the strong comfort of the Holy Spirit. He will help you every step of the way. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 NIV You are in our thoughts and prayers. With precious and joyous memories, I look forward to seeing all the Merritt family in heaven. We are His friends and yours, always.

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