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William A. Merrill Jr.


William Alvin Merrill Jr. sunrise on November 9, 1927 and sunset on Monday, June 14, 2021.

Brother William Alvin Merrill Jr., of Dayton and Columbus, OH was called peacefully home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, June 14, 2021. He gained his wings and soared into heaven’s gates rejoicing to be with his loved ones.

William was a God-fearing man who loved to serve the Lord. He was a loving father and grandfather of six generations of grandchildren. He was a Deacon and a trustee of Ethan Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Clayton, OH. William retired after 55 years working for the PA Railroad Co.

He loved to travel, fly planes, garden, and participate in any kind of volunteer work.

William is preceded in passing by his parents, William Alvin & Lillian Merrill; siblings, Beverly Bradford, Delores Lash, John Robert Merrill and Jeanne Thomas.

Brother William Merrill Jr. leaves to cherish his memory with his sister Constance Caroll and sister in law Barbara Carole Merrill, daughter, Sandra Merrill; son, Jerome (Pamela) Merrill; grandchildren, Kenyatta & Kenyetta Draughon, Kisha & Ahmed Alexander, Jerome Merrill, Jermaine Logan & Kimberly Cole; his former wife, Hattie Merrill; special friends, Alisha Bush and other Deacon family, Frank Watkins, Garrett Lockett and Earl Davis; as well as a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021 at Gospel Tabernacle Church, 1205 Hildreth Ave. Columbus, OH 43203.

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  • Pastor Mackenzie Kambizi says:

    My family is it with my deepest condolences on the passing of my friend and father that I communicate with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Anything I can do please I am available.

  • William Raglin says:

    Brother Merrill was a dedicated God-fearing man who loved the Lord, a faithful door keeper for many years and one of the best Deacons you would ever want to have on the Deacon Board. May God bless his family and I offer my deepest condolences.

  • Sheila Howard says:

    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with the family. Bill was a longtime friend who I’m happy that I shared my love for Christ, the Bible, friendship and the SDA faith with. I’ve known him for over 40 yrs. I’m so thankful that God allowed me the opportunity to locate and speak with him recently. It was a joy to hear his voice. God has called him home, but I know we all (friends and family) will cherish those special moments and loving memories he leaves behind. May God bring comfort to the family.

  • Dr. Earnest Cook says:

    Bill Merrill was a kind and helpful worker for God. He was a dedicated Deacon who often worked behind the scenes in God’s service. Even now I remember Bill as the first person to greet me (and others) as I entered the church. I will miss Bill.

    My condolences go to the family.

  • Benita Pitman says:

    Please know my Condolences and Prayers goes out to The Merrill Family,your Dad was and still is in our hearts a Beautiful,Loving and Caring person and would do anything for you.He will truly be missed in Dayton on Rucks Rd and I thank God for letting get to know your Dad.
    2Corth.5:8 said
    We are confident I say,and willing rather to be absent from the body,and to be present with the Lord.

  • Calvin Lindi says:

    My condolences to Brother Merrill’s family. He was a faithful Deacon and one of the kindest church members you could ever meet. Everyone who entered the church passed Brother Merrill and received a welcome smile and a bulletin. He will be missed.

  • Sidney Whittington Jr says:

    To the entire Merrill family may God continue to bless & comfort you during your season of bereavement!

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