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Saturday, October 9, 2021
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Richard Edward Merritt, age 74, of Trenton, FL, passed away on September 28, 2021, at his home. He was born on May 29, 1947, in Jacksonville, FL to Robert and Yvonne Walker Merritt. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served in the Vietnam War. After his service, Mr. Merritt had started a career with the Merchant Marines and served with them until his retirement in 1986. Once he retired, the family relocated to Trenton. He was a proud veteran and a member of the American Legion. Mr. Merritt also loved to fish, garden, and was a frequent visitor to the Gilchrist County Public Library where he loved to read. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Robert Merritt.
Mr. Merritt is survived by his daughter, Michelle (Tommy) Parrish of Trenton; his son, Beau (Kimberly Moore) Merritt of Baton Rouge, LA; three grandchildren, Landon Parrish of Trenton, Ozie (Sierra) Parrish of Trenton, and Kayla Moore of Baton Rouge; his great-grandchildren, Blake Parrish of Trenton and Baylor Moore of Baton Rouge; three sisters, Connie Allen, Tessie Glass, and Bobbie (Patrick) Rogero all of Jacksonville, FL; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.
A Celebration of Mr. Merritt’s Life will be held on Saturday, October 9, beginning at 11:00 am, at the Watson-Milton Funeral Home, Trenton, FL. 352-463-8888. www.WatsonMilton.com
In lieu of flowers, please donate in Mr. Merritt’s memory, to the:
Gilchrist County Public Library
105 NE 11th St.
Trenton, FL, 32693