North Augusta, S.C. - Mrs. Adelaide Reed Merritt, beloved wife of the late Samuel Blaine Merritt, went home to be with her Lord Monday, November 28, 2005, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2005, at the Crawford Avenue Chapel with Pastor Michael Terry and Rev. George Holcombe, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Survivors include her son, Alan Reed Merritt and his wife, Sharon Boyce Merritt, of North Augusta; a daughter, Elaine Merritt of Martinez; a brother, Dorsey Reed and his wife, Barbara, of Johnson City, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Kellie Merritt and her fianc Patrick Gleason, Dina Holcombe and her husband, George and Chris Thompson and his wife, Elisha; eight great-grandchildren, a special niece, Whitney Johns Martin and her husband, Charles; and special nephew, Jeffery Johns and his wife, Arlene. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years and her beloved sister, Charlotte Johns. A native of Elizabethtown, Tenn., Mrs. Merritt was a charter member of Fleming Christian Church and attended Christ's Way Christian Church in Aiken with her son following her husband's death. She truly loved her church and church family. Mrs. Merritt worked for United Way as an Administrative Assistant for 15 years. She was a Field Representative for the American Heart Association until her retirement. She believed Jesus Christ was her Savior and served the Lord everyday of her life. Pallbearers will be Patrick Gleason, Ryan Terry, Billy Parham, Richard Wead, Chris Thompson and Sam Franklin. If so desired, memorials may be made to Christ's Way Christian Church Building Fund, 183 Old Wagner Rd., Aiken, SC 29801; or Fleming Christian Church Meals on Wheels, 2526 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA 30906. The family received friends at the funeral home on Thursday, December 1, 2005 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave., Augusta, GA 30904, (706)733-3636.
The Augusta Chronicle December 2, 2005