The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday morning, February 6, 2016 at New Zion Baptist Church, Dixon Street, Cobb, Georgia. The Reverend Jesse Watts, pastor will officiate. Interment will follow in the Church cemetery.
Mr. Mercer was born February 23, 1939 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Lonnie Mercer, Sr. and Susie Mae Evans Mercer. Four siblings preceded him in death, Oscar Lee Mercer, Winfred Mercer, Willie C. Mercer and Aggie Mae Holt. He was educated in the historic Desoto Junior High Scholl of Desoto, Georgia. He was a member of New Zion Baptist Church of Cobb, Georgia.
Mr. Mercer was a former member of the Free and Acceptant Mason Lodge of Americus, Georgia. He was formerly employed with the following companies as a truck driver, South Georgia Technical College Sanitation Department, Reeves Construction Company and the City of Desoto Fire Department. He was also employed with Leslie Peanut Gin and Nidrah Plantation. After thirteen dedicated years of service, he retired from Cooper Lighting as a Line Technician.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to the former Annie Clara Walton. To this union, six children were born. One son, Jeffery Lynn Wright preceded him in death.
Survivors are a beloved wife of 52 years, Mrs. Annie Clara Walton, Desoto, Georgia; five beloved children, Lorenzo Walton, Americus, Georgia, Deborah Walker, Desoto, Georgia, James Harper, Americus, Georgia, Marilyn Dowdell, Chicago, Illinois, and Ernest Mercer, Jr., Desoto, Georgia; 21 grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren; a host of great great grandchildren; six siblings, Jessie Mercer (Theatris), Desoto, Georgia, Nettie Ruth Dunning, Jonesboro, Georgia, Lonnie Mercer, Desoto, Georgia, Bobbie Jean Mercer, Hopkins, Minnesota, Richard Mercer, Plains, Georgia, and Pearlie Ruth Paul, Desoto, Georgia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Geraldine Brown, Macon, Georgia, Robert Edwards, Jr. (Margie), Atlanta, Georgia, Mozelle Gore (William), Atlanta, Georgia, Nalene Edwards, Brooklyn, New York, Leila Bellmont, Chicago, Illinois, Clifford Walton (Helen), Americus, Georgia, David Walton, Chicago, Illinois, Barbara Walton, Chicago, Illinois, Benjamin Walton (Frenchie), Columbus, Georgia, Alice Marie Yearby (Nile), Albany, Georgia, Otis Franklyn (Gloria), Desoto, Georgia, Henrie Coleman (Harry), Albany, Georgia, Arthur Raines (Loretta), Desoto, Georgia, and Rena Hamilton, Brooklyn, New York; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.