Shirley Susie Merritt

January 3, 1941 ~ October 4, 2009

Mrs. Shirley "Susie"? Merritt, 68, 1112 Remington Road, Knoxville, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2009 in the Baptist West Hospital. Mrs. Merritt was a native of Johnson County, Tennessee and had lived most of her life in Johnson City and Knoxville. She is the daughter of Henry and Hazel Norris Triplett. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Vance and Jane Norris; maternal grandmother, Rebecca Triplett. Mrs. Merritt was a retired church secretary and a member of the Roan Hill Baptist Church. Survivors other than her parents include, her husband of forty-five years Roy C. Merritt of the home; two daughters, Dawn Merritt of Greeneville, Tennessee and Kristie Rutherford and her husband Sonny of Rutledge, Tennessee; one brother, Jerry Triplett of Knoxville; one sister, Beth Bradford and her husband Wayne of Knoxville; five grandchildren, Nikki Barr and husband Jamie of Knoxville, Michael Cartwright of Jonesborough, Chase Rutherford, Roger Rutherford, and Hunter Rutherford all of Rutledge, TN; two great grandchildren, Mackenzie Barr and Gage Barr, both of Knoxville; an uncle, Charles "Pete" Norris; several nieces and nephews also survive. The funeral service for Mrs. Susie Merritt will be conducted at 8 PM Thursday, October 8, 2009 in the Morris-Baker South Chapel. Rev. Claude Babb will officiate. The graveside committal service will be conducted at 10 AM Friday in the Monte Vista Memorial Park. Everyone will meet at Morris-Baker at 9:30 AM Friday to go to the cemetery in procession. Active pallbearers will be Eddie Donaldson, Marvin Merritt, Josh Owen, Sonny Rutherford, Jamie Barr, and David Putney. The family will receive friends at Morris-Baker from 6 to 8 PM Thursday prior to the service. The family request that memorial contributions be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22039 or to the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee, Blountville, TN 37617.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Roy and Family, When I went to dialysis yesterday, monday, I didn’t see Shirley. And I usually see her in the waiting room. And Roy, I didn’t see you drop her off. And I would hear you tell her where you were going or what you were going to do. So once I got settled inside, I asked Dawn, Where’s Shirley? She said hold on I’ll be right back. You know that are always busy. But I realized she wanted to have time to stay with me a little. And then she told me what happened. I only knew Shirley just from our few moments here and there waiting together. But she told me about all of you. My heart is with your hearts at this time of loss for all of you. I will miss her and remember her always. Sincerly, Roberta Federoff

  2. Anonymous says:

    Roy and family, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you all in your time of sorrow. We are so very sorry we were not able to come down. We hope you know you are in our hearts and prayers at this time. We love you all, Randy and Marsha

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dawn,I am so sorry to hear of your moms’ passing. I can’t imagine your pain. I will keep your family in my prayers. If you need a shoulder, please call or come by. The address and phone numbers are the same. Love Lyn, Darrell and Morgan McKinney

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dear Merritt Family, I was sad to learn of Susie’s passing. She was a very nice person and I enjoyed working with her. We will keep you all on our prayers. Patrick and Libby Braden

  5. Anonymous says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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