Carroll Merrill

Carroll Stokes Merrill

Wednesday, June 4th, 1930 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Carrol “Papaw” Stokes Merrill went home to be with The Lord at 9:20pm on April 23rd, 2020 surrounded by family at his residence. He was 89 years old. He can hear clearly now and is worshipping our Father in Heaven. Hallelujah! He was born in Little River, NC on June 4, 1930 to the late Gilliard and Sue Merrill. He was also proceeded in death by two infant brothers, JB and Gilliard Jr., brothers, Emerson, Theodore, Glen, Ansel and Connell, and sister, Brenda G. Merrill.

Carrol married Barbara Jean Chappell (survivor) on August 15, 1979 and together they enjoyed their farm; raising cattle and bailing hay for more than 40 years. He worked for Citizens Telephone Company for 50 years where he moved up in rank from a lineman at 18 years old to superintendent years before he retired. He made friends everywhere he went. He was a loving and kind man from a generation when a handshake and his word was a done deal. A faithful member of Enon Baptist Church, Carrol loved The Lord and loved his family well. His best buddy and true friend, Dennis Owen, was like a brother to him. They spent many a day together and “never had a harsh word between them”.

Carrol was the father of the late Gary Carrol Merrill of Gig Harbor, WA and survivor Doris Merrill Silvernell (husband, Edgar Silvernell, Jr.) of Franklin, NC. Other survivors include his loving granddaughters, Maria Forester Tritt (husband, Douglas and children, Emma & Clay) of Edenton, NC; Emily Forester Houston (children, Addyson & Mason) of Brevard and Hannah Forester Leonard (husband, Ronald and children, Dylan & Jillian) of New Bern, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID19 restrictions, a private graveside service will be held. A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Enon Baptist Church to further the ministry of the Gospel. 4531 Old Hendersonville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768.

A special thanks to Linda Shipman, Care Partners Hospice and others for providing extra special care to our family during this time.
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  • Service

    Monday, April 27th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, April 27th, 2020 11:00am
    Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory
    994 Hendersonville Hwy.
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    Rev. Michael Skinner
  • Interment

    Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory
    994 Hendersonville Hwy.
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Virginia Bradshaw

Posted at 10:40pm
Barbara thinking of you and the family! I always enjoyed seeing you and Carroll at the FSA office and at Enon Church. God Bless you and be with you! Love and Prayers!

shirley etters

Posted at 05:31pm
doris and family i am sorry to learn of your fathers death my thoughts and prayers are with you


Posted at 09:16pm
He came to my gas station about once a week and filled up his little blue truck. Him and his sweet wife Barbara always had smiles for me and something nice to say. Always asked about my momma and would ask me to tell her hello for them. He wasn't just a customer, although he was, by far, my favorite. I looked forward to them coming every week and wished that they could stay longer with me, more than just a few minutes. 'They couldn't ', Carroll would say. They had to get back to their farm and take care of their animals. It was ok. I guess I just wished I could spend more time with him because I never had anyone I could call 'grampa'. I knew him just about all my life, because he was my brother in law's uncle. Until I see you again, 'goodbye grandpa'. Gail

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