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James F. Merritt, 87, of Fredericksburg died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Merritt was originally from Moselle, Miss., and was raised on a family farm. Mr. Merritt proudly served his country in World War II as a Marine in the Pacific Theater.
Mr. Merritt was a member and deacon of Hull's Memorial Baptist Church for many years. He worked for 41 years at Dominion Virginia Power; 12 years at Fredericksburg Hardware; and three years at Earl's True Value Hardware.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Nettie "Jackie" Merritt of Fredericksburg; son Travis Merritt and his wife, Patty, of Fredericksburg; daughter Donna Merritt Elliott and her husband, Bill, of Fredericksburg; two sisters, Cecile Camera of Westfield, N.J., and Cora Jean Jefcoat of Little Mountain, S.C.; two grandchildren, Jacob Elliott and Katharine Merritt; four great-grandchildren, Theodore DiMeglio, Lilith DiMeglio, Julia Coelho and Emmaline Coelho; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A funeral will be held at noon Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Hull's Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 420 Enon Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22406; or to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at semperfifund.org.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.