Services will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. for Mr. Lige Donnis Merritt Jr., age 78, of Leakesville, at Sweet Water Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Merritt passed away on September 13, 2020, at his residence. Bro. Terry Smith and Bro. Jon Williamson will officiate with burial to follow in the Sweet Water Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chad Merritt, Bryce Tillman, Dawson Tillman, Karter Williams, Hayden West, Garrett West and Conner West.

Donnis worked for many years as a truck driver and a farmer. He was a member of Sweet Water Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Merritt was preceded in death by his parents, Lige Donnis and Dora Lee Merritt; sisters, Lavonia Ott and Rowana Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Walley Merritt; son, Randall (Kimberly) Merritt; daughter, Kelly (Vince) West; son, Jason (Rendi) Tillman; grandchildren, Chad Merritt, Leslie Dunnam, Chuck West, Cole West, Hayden West, Garrett West, Conner West, Bryce Tillman, Lakin Tillman, Dawson Tillman, Karter Williams, Cooper Tillman; great-grandchildren, Karsyn, Lyla Jane, Rivers, Paisley, Bryleigh, Carson, Beckett; brothers, Paul Merritt, Al Henry Merritt; sister, Ada Butts; long time friend and caretaker, James Byrd.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 17, 2020, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Sweet Water Missionary Baptist Church.

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