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“Earl and Jan, I did not know of your "Pop's" passing. Craig and I are so sorry, but we know he is in a much better place. You have earned your...Read More »
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“We're so sorry for your loss. Peace, love, and prayers to you all. Love Tom Dolenski, Shanda Dolenski, Hank Dolenski, Dustin, Haley, and Bryer...Read More »
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with y'all. We love you!Tim and Linda BergHannah-Grace, Stephen, Ruthie and Sam ”
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“All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Linda and Milt ”
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“Our sympathy & condolences to all the Merritt family members - we will keep you in our hearts and in our prayers . ”
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“So very sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him but he is with God and you will see him again. Lots of love and prayers. Tania ”
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Vivin Earl Merritt, Sr. June 5, 1923 - October 25, 2013 Vivin Earl Merritt, Sr. of Harper, Texas, passed away Friday, October 25, 2013, at his residence. Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 29, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with Pastor Cary Killough officiating. Burial will follow at Rosemound Cemetery. Earl was born June 23, 1923, at Mooreville, Texas, to Beulah and Ira Merritt. He owned and operated Merritt Dental Lab in Waco for many years. Earl was a life-long Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jo Merritt; a grandson, Jay Southworth; his brother, Thomas Merritt and a great grandson. Mr. Merritt is survived by daughters, Jo Gail Dolenski and husband, Tony, of Spring, Texas; Lee Southworth and husband, Jim, of Georgetown, Texas; and son, Earl Merritt, Jr. and wife, Jan, of Harper, Texas. His surviving grandchildren are Lisa Pennington, Jenni Elenniss, Joel Londenberg, Elizabeth Dougan, Stacy Sims, Aaron Dolenski and Alicia Dolenski. He has 23 surviving great grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Jean Spradlin and husband, Ray, of Robinson; as well as several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers are Earl Merritt, Jr., Jim Southworth, Tony Dolenski, Ray Spradlin, Paul Dougan, Jacob Pennington and Nicolas Escobar. Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association or the charity of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.WilkirsonHatchBailey.com