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Edward Beuford "Boots" Merritt, Sr., 86, of Fayetteville, formerly of Buffalo Creek, joined his wife in their Heavenly home on Friday, December 9, 2016, leaving from Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, after an extended illness.
He was born on February 16, 1930, at Lundale, a son of the late Fletcher and Mamie Eplin Merritt.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Eloise Virginia Marshall Merritt; three brothers, Truman, Clyde, and Newman Merritt; and his daughter-in-law, Tina Merritt.
Boots was a coal miner with 43 years of service who retired from Amherst/Arch Coal Company. He was a proud member of the UMWA local 5859. Boots was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of the VFW Post 15050. He was of the Baptist faith. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, boating, and gardening. Devoted to his family, he especially loved spending time with his family.
Those left to cherish his memory are five children, Eddie Merritt of Hico, David (Cheryl) Merritt and Bill (Karen) Merritt, both of Man, Lillian (Cecil Riner) Atkinson of Fayetteville, and Robert (Kathy) Merritt of Accoville; two sisters, Violet Phillips of Newark, OH, and Shirley Paine of Huntington, WV; three brothers, Chester Merritt of Newark, OH, Denver Merritt of Carmi, IL, and Ted Merritt of Huntington; 11 grandchildren, Marshall (Cara) Merritt of Barboursville, Nick Johnston II of Fayetteville, Eric (Valerie) Merritt of Helena, MT, Brad (Sarah) Merritt of Mt. Lookout, Lauren (Gary) Thacker of Hurricane, Sara (Justin) Mooney of Hico, Justin Merritt of Huntington, Andrew Merritt of Man, Tiara (Kevin) Thompson of Neibert, and R.J. Merritt and Jacob Merritt, both of Accoville; four great-grandchildren; Caleb Merritt, Jocie Merritt, Grace Thacker, and Ivie Merritt; a special sister-in-law, Rosalie Marshall; a special niece, Meme Marshall; many nieces and nephews; his lifetime friends, Leonard "Buddy" Ellis and Kenny Watson; and special friends, Melvin Smith, Okey and Tresha Skidmore, and his neighbor Mike, along with a host of other relatives and friends.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to Fayette Continuous Care, the Bowers Hospice House, and all who helped during Boots' final illness.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man with Rev. Paul Ellis officiating. Entombment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Godby.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services at the funeral home also.
Pall bearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will provide a circle of love for their grandfather to his final resting place.
Honorary pall bearers will be Leonard "Buddy" Ellis, Cecil Riner, Melvin Smith, Willie Gambill, Leroy Terry, Okey Skidmore, Joe Miller, Johnny Doss, and Kenny Watson.
Online condolences may be sent to www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.
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Published on December 11, 2016
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