The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Old Corinth Baptist Church, 425 Brown Small Road, Americus, Georgia, where the Reverend Dr. C.L McKinstry is pastor. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery.
Eddie was born on March 12, 1946 in Americus, Georgia to the late Roosevelt Mercer and Mary Lizzy Dowdell. He was preceded in death by five siblings, Iona Bell Dowdell, Anna Sue Robinson, Elizabeth Green, Willie Lou Dowdell, Willie Fred Dowdell, and two grandchildren, Dontrell White and Kenson Hunt. He was educated in the public school system of Sumter County. At an early age he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined the band of Christian believers at Old Corinth Baptist Church. He worked as a farmer for many years at Frazier Farms.
He leaves to cherish his memories: five children, Deborah Ann Wilkerson (Timothy), Americus, Georgia, Eddie Mercer (Alice), Jerome Mercer (Teresa), Brian Keith (Kathy), Carolyn Harper, all of Americus, Georgia; 16 grandchildren, Cheryl Wilkerson, Sherry Wilkerson, Kristie Wilkerson, Melissa Wilkerson, Marquita Clark, Deandria Watson, Aaron Cooper, Tyrus Hunt, Eddie Jerome Mercer, Eddie Latrell Mercer, Clarence Smith, Shequita Dorso, Shatia Mercer, Deandrae Harper and Taneshia Harper; 19 great grandchildren; one brother Charles Dowdell ( Willimenia); a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.