The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., February 3, 2018 at First Salem Baptist, 191 Twin Churches Road, Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Byromville, Georgia.
Life had its beginning for Mr. Willie James “Shine Bone” Merrell on April 8, 1957 in Dooly County, Georgia. He was born to the late Little Lewis Merrell and Sarah Hardrick Merrell. He was a very caring and loving person. He was not only loved by his family, but loved by many people and that love was reciprocated. At an early age he joined Bay Point C.M.E. Church in Dooly County.
He was educated in the public school system of Byromville Elementary and Vienna High School in Dooly County. For many years, he worked for Southern Frozen Foods in Montezuma, GA, Gold Kist in Cordele, GA and Herbert Saliba in Byromville, GA. Shine Bone leaves a legacy of love from all of his family, friends and people who met him. He will be remembered for the service of supplying fresh vegetables and fruits, homemade pepper sauces, boiled and baked peanuts, turnips and collards greens, and plums. Shine Bone added warmth to many homes by supplying firewood during the winter months.
He will be greatly missed. People could always count on riding down Dooly Street and he would be there. Some people would just stop for good conversation.
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, a life was gone and Mr. Willie James “Shine Bone” Merrell will be greatly missed. A precious one from us is gone; a voice we love is still. A place is vacant in our hearts that can nevermore be filled. We thank God for embracing us and allowing us the opportunity to share moments in his life that will never be forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his paternal grandparents, Mr. Lewis Merrell Sr. and Roberta Postell Merrell; his maternal grandparents, Wilbert Hardrick and Annie Lou Hardick; and his cousin who was raised like a brother, Jerome Merrell.
Left to cherish his memories are his devoted siblings, Lewis Merrell Montezuma, Georgia, Wilbert Merrell (Linda), Montezuma, Georgia, Paul Merrell (Evonnoe), Atlanta, Georgia, Arthur L. Merrell (Denise), Stone Mountain, Georgia, Ricky Merrell (Tomica), Unadilla, Georgia, Bobby L. Merrell, (Jackie), Pinehurst, Georgia, Antonyo Merrell (Andrea), Hinesville, Georgia, Doris Merrell, Vienna, Georgia; a loving stepson he loved and cared for very dearly, Michael Wilcox (Mary), Spanaway, Washington; four grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Patricia Merrell, Chattanooga, Tennessee; uncle, RC Merrell and aunt, Sally Merrell Lilly, Georgia; aunts, Annie Mae Hardrick, Mt. Vernon, New York, Mamie Sanders (Lewis) Lilly, Georgia, Maenell Hardrick Vienna, Georgia, Mary Merrell, Vienna, Georgia, and Shirley Mathis, Vienna, Georgia; a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.