PAPA
BILLY RAY MERRITT
  • 76 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 25, 1938
  • Place of birth:
    SCOTTSBORO, Alabama, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 15, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    CONROE, Texas, United States
Let the memory of BILLY be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, BILLY MERRITT, 76, born on August 25, 1938 and passed away on August 15, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 29th November 2016

"I love you Bill and miss you more & more.. My life in so incomplete without  you in it. Another Holiday season begins without you.  Life is so very empty without you.. I need you
Love forever & ever  Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 15th September 2016

"Bill we were inseparable since the day we met, until the day you left me.
It's been 1 yr since we had your "Celebration of Your Life" 9/15/15
I still regret that I broke our pack, You Go We Go.  We planned to walk into Heaven together................I'm so very sorry, I shouldn't have listen to the kids & let you go alone.......... I miss & love you every day, forever & ever.
Today I went to see you @ the hospital, I sat in the waiting room & outside your room 409; the last place I was with you & saw you, where you left me,alone & empty inside. Hoping you would walk out and get me; and take me with you.
I turn a balloon with a message & send it to heaven, under you ICU room window and I brought you a Yellow Rose of Texas....
Bill I miss you so much & I feel like a fish out of water, I can't breathe.  
Our love was pure & our marriage..  Yes we had our ups & downs, but You walk together during the good, bad & the ugly, times; that's what true loves means to a marriage.  So we did have a good loving marriage!   I love & miss you more everyday, I can't wait until you come to get me & we can walk through the gates of Heaven.........................
Love now & forever & ever  ....................all my love Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 15th September 2016

"Bill we were inseparable since the day we met, until the day you left me.
It's been 1 yr since we had your "Celebration of Your Life" 9/15/15
I still regret that I broke our pack, You Go We Go.  We planned to walk into Heaven together................I'm so very sorry, I shouldn't have listen to the kids & let you go alone.......... I miss & love you every day, forever & ever.
Today I went to see you @ the hospital, I sat in the waiting room & outside your room 409; the last place I was with you & saw you, where you left me,alone & empty inside.
I turn a balloon with a message & send it to heaven, under you ICU room window and I brought you a Yellow Rose of Texas....
Bill I miss you so much & I feel like a fish out of water, I can't breathe.  
Our love was pure & our marriage..  Yes we had our ups & downs, but You walk together during the good, bad & the ugly, times; that's what true loves means to a marriage.  So we did have a good loving marriage!   I love & miss you more everyday, I can't wait until you come to get me & we can walk through the gates of Heaven.........................
Love now & forever & ever  ....................all my love Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 25th August 2016

"Today 8/25/16 Thurs marks your 2nd  Birthday, without you. Happy 78th Birthday Bill.... I love & miss you so very much; forever & ever..  After our talk about Dakota's  going to school..... I had planned on being with you for your birthday, I decide  you would rather me go with Dakota, to IRS for her paper to finish signing  up for her classes... So I did......we had breakfast @ Cracker Barrel, while we waited for her 10:30 appt... We finished up, them .....had to pick up Drake from school........ Today Sonic had dollar hot dogs today, so I got 12 of them to feed all of us, even Robert..  I love you dearly Bill, but I'm sick of eating hot dogs, twice in a 10 day period.... you know I'm not fond of them, but I ate them in your honor...... but no more for a long while...  Sadie misses you too, she is sitting here with me!!!!!  I miss you so much..... if only I had 15 minute with you, but it really would never be enough........ Love , hugs & kisses my Dum Dum from your Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 25th August 2016

"Today 8/25/16 Thurs marks your 2nd  Birthday, without you. Happy 78th Birthday Bill.... I love & miss you so very much; forever & ever..  After our talk about Dakota's  going to school..... I had planned on being with you for your birthday, I decide  you would rather me go with Dakota, to IRS for her paper to finish signing  up for her classes... So I did......we had breakfast @ Cracker Barrel, while we waited for her 10:30 appt... We finished up, them .....had to pick up Drake from school........ Today Sonic had dollar hot dogs today, so I got 12 of them to feed all of us, even Robert..  I love you dearly Bill, but I'm sick of eating hot dogs, twice in a 10 day period.... you know I'm not fond of them, but I ate them in your honor...... but no more for a long while...  Sadie misses you too, she is sitting here with me!!!!!  I miss you so much..... if only I had 15 minute with you, but it really would never be enough........ Love , hugs & kisses my Dum Dum from your Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 15th August 2016

"8/15/16 I had to break promise to meet you at the hospital,today & everyday on this date. It was storming off & on all day, so I was afraid to drive in the rain,  traffic & rain make it hard for me to drive.  At least I & Sadie was able with Dakota, Drake to go to Lake Houston  to release ballons & tell you, I [we] love you very much & miss you.  Kim fixed your special dinner... hot dogs & rootbeer floats, even Sadie.  Every year will have those for you! We love you & miss you ! I'm going to try to meet you on your birthday.  Everyone is having a hard day, especially me.  I only a shell inside, just coming through the motions of living. I miss & love you... more & more everyday & will forever & ever.  After Dakota & i got home ...  Doris Walter called said she had been thinking of me all day & the lost of her buddy. It been a tearer day off &  on all, tears just stream down. for me , Kelli & Kim, & Michael.  He called today, said he'd be up Wednesday for the day, with me.   I promise I'll be there to see you, if not this week for sure your birthday.  Remember always I love & miss you more & more everyday, forever & ever, your my soul mate, I'm lost without you, I can't function, I just go through the motions everyday,  You were my soul mate & lover , friend & husband and father of our children, I love you dearly & have from the first time I saw you.  You were my protector, you gave me a reason to live, you were my life. I love you so, We had the time of our life and I should never agreed to let you go, if only, I should have known.  I love you, you'll always be my special Dum Dum .  We made our own love story.   I love you, Peaches........................until.....our...........time. I want to be with you, please please
Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 15th August 2016

"8/15/16 I had to break promise to meet you at the hospital,today & everyday on this date. It was storming off & on all day, so I was afraid to drive in the rain,  traffic & rain make it hard for me to drive.  At least I & Sadie was able with Dakota, Drake to go to Lake Houston  to release ballons & tell you, I [we] love you very much & miss you.  Kim fixed your special dinner... hot dogs & rootbeer floats, even Sadie.  Every year will have those for you! We love you & miss you ! I'm going to try to meet you on your birthday.  Everyone is having a hard day, especially me.  I only a shell inside, just coming through the motions of living. I miss & love you... more & more everyday & will forever & ever.  After Dakota & i got home ...  Doris Walter called said she had been thinking of me all day & the lost of her buddy. It been a tearer day off &  on all, tears just stream down. for me , Kelli & Kim, & Michael.  He called today, said he'd be up Wednesday for the day, with me.   I promise I'll be there to see you, if not this week for sure your birthday.  Remember always I love & miss you more & more everyday, forever & ever, your my soul mate, I'm lost without you, I can't function, I just go through the motions everyday,  You were my soul mate & lover , friend & husband and father of our children, I love you dearly & have from the first time I saw you.  You were my protector, you gave me a reason to live, you were my life. I love you so, We had the time of our life and I should never agreed to let you go, if only, I should have known.  I love you, you'll always be my special Dum Dum .  We made our own love story.   I love you, Peaches........................until.....our...........time. I want to be with you, please please
Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 15th August 2016

"Today 8/15/16 @ 11:52 marks 1 yr since my life & world was turned upside down, the day you left me. At least I very thankful & blesses. I holding you in my arms, when you left us. I still can't forget you left me behind. I'm just a empty shell, I can't function without you, it feels like I can't breathe without you.  I love you so much and was so proud to be your wife & the father of our children.  You always made my life complete, & now I'm only half a person. I miss you more ...........I LOVE YOU  ... PEACHES"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 14th August 2016

"Well my love, today 8/14/15 is the day I had to make the most important & heartbreaking discussion of my life. I know you trusted me to make this decision, "you told me earlier, that I would know when it was time to let you  go" and it was time, I know deep in my heart, it was the right decision for you.. I love you so much.  Enough was enough, surgery after surgery, then saying you weren't ever going home, but to a nursing home; was the final breaking....... you were going home with me or home to God.  Even though I discussed it with the kids &  the Drs. ; I had to make the final choice. I though about our talks on the subject, you're wishes, desire, plain and simple your wishes..   I pray to God that I did make the right decision. The only regrets , I couldn't hear your voice, I hope you could hear me. As I watched you laying lifeless just the respirator,..................................................I love you
in my heart it was time , to set you free of pain.... I hope & prayed you'ld keep  living on your own after, the respiratior was taken off... Your heart was beating & strong, so maybe there was a chance, even if in my heart I know I had lost you, I had to try.  So at around 3pm I signed the papers to take you off the respirator. Part of me died. So  they move us into the DEATH ROOM, up on the 4th floor.  They let anyone come & go or stay..  It was the last time we slept together, at least I got to hold you all night, then that morning I saw the angels come to get you, then you were go and I wish,  I had died to, that's when I died heartbroken & I never been whole since,  you were my life, the other half of me We became one ,since we meet & stayed that way &  still are... I'm only a emepty shell, just going through the motions............life as no meaning for me,  all I want is to be with you................ you are my prince & I'm your princess ................... my life & being, my resaon  to live. my world, my everything..... The kids & grandkids have their own lives to live ......................... the way it should be , life goes own for them..... my life is over..... without you..........all I want is to be with you...  As I  was  holding you, in my arms ...when your angels came to get you, and I died an you left me 11:52am Sat Aug 15,2015 and my world stopped.................... the same time I was born 11:52.. you & I were meant to be together always through time & time  . At least you died in my arms; as we always said we would do ...  I love & miss you deeply; forever & ever Bill .................. please come get me ... have everything prepared...............................................love you Peaches                     see you  ....... tomorrow... my love"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 15th July 2016

"well it been 1 year 7/15/15 since Kendra & I took you to Conroe Hospital, having trouble breathing.  Little did I know that you were never coming home with me again.  This is the worst time of my life. I have so many mixed emotions, things I don't understand or blame myself for. Why didn't I realize something was wrong, really wrong......
I wish I had kept our promise to each other...you go we go.... I should have!! Today has been a horrible time for me... their are some many what if's thing, I'll never have an answer to....  since you took of your wedding ring, one thing you have never done, since we were married, than would take it back; you told me to hold on to it.......... were you telling me, that you didn't love me anymore or wanted to married to me, question like these.....why wouldn't you take back your ring? Why did  you want me to keep it?  There are so many what if's!... This has been the worst time of my life.. Did I make the wrong decisions at the hospital
Baby  I still love you with all my heart & soul.. I want so bad to be with you!!!  But I'm not strong enough to do anything about it, I want to get to heaven to be with you.  Please come get me, I'm so very lonely without you. The kids have there own lives to live...... I'm so lonely , I hurt to the core,without you...Aug 15 is getting close... please please
I love you forever & ever and want to be with you... you always said our love was strong enough to do anything.......I love you  Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 4th July 2016

"Well one more 1st . without you.... Monday July 4th, 2016,  Happy 4th my love...Saturday  7/2 Joanna & Aunt Mary Jo, came to see me.  Then Joanna to all to lunch @ Red Lobster, yes she got her Gulf Shrimp!!
We had a good visit.  Wish with all my heart you were there.  I'm been sick for over a week, some days it's worst than others... but haven't told a soul, what is happening.... I'm not going to the hospital... I have  to take Dallas to school to & from, then take her to work & pick her up... Aleast I can do that much to help Kim.  Kim only come by to work,, not such so to visit , so its easy to fool her & Kelli is one the phone, so that takes care of her..  She got my car inspected Thursday 6/30.  I'm a good pretender!!!,,   It won't be long since you went to the hospital 8/15/15 this is the beginning of the end without you.  I remember everyday....I love you so.. Love you forever & ever, always  love & kisses Peaches... until........................................................."

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 19th June 2016

"Happy Father's Day 6/19/16, to my soul mate & love.  This is our & the kids, 1st Father's Day without you!!  It's so hard..  How do I explain why you died to Kim, Kelli, & Michael , & the grandkids;  when I don't understand  myself... it like your not around &one day you'll walk through that door..... you'll come  home. I'm totaly numb inside, my heart is broken, I don't feel anything, I'm just empty inside.  I go through the motion of living but  I'm not.... I breathe that's all.  ...  If you have any pool with St Peter please tell him I can't make it alone, without you....  we were meant to be together,  from the day we were married we became one, not two, thats how we made it through life.  Not matter what life threw at us , we were one, one heart, one breath...
Your were always a good lover, husband,father, and provider....
The kids are hurting too, Kelli shows her's but the others don't.;  I guess they figure one basket case was enough..  Kim carries a heavy load with all of us to care for, she's just one person...  Kelli trys she calls at least 4-5 times  day..    I worry more about Kim, at least Kelli talks about her feelings, but Kim doesn't.. I always said Kim took after you & Kelli took after me, when it came to feelings.
I don't know how to go on without you, half of me is gone & the other half can't make alone.......... I love you Bill ...always, will forever & ever
Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 30th May 2016

"well today is Memorial Day 5/28/16, another passing holiday, without you..
Well as you know our Bubba made graduation... I know you were there right beside, walking with him all the way.  I cryed when he gave the thumbs up..  That was I sign that always showed how proud of him, we were. He looked so grown up & handsome.. I made it to graduation for him & you!!! I'm so proud of him for both of us.
I haven't been the same since you left me.  I search for you daily & wait for you to come get me. I grieve for you daily.  I can't make it without you and to be honest I don't want to do without you. My heart is broke.  It broke the day you left me.  In life I loved you dearly... In death I love you still!  Please, please come get me so we can be together forever & ever... I love you so .... I can't make it, without you....... behind close door I grieve & cry for you all the time... I need you baby, please. It not getting easier for me, people just understand, we were each other world , we breathe as one not two
I love you forever & ever............... Peaches
You told me our love could do anything we wanted,  this is what I want our love to do for me............................................"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 27th May 2016

"Well Bill ... Devin made it .. tomorrow 5/28/16 he graduates High School! We're been waiting for us to go...  now as Devin said to me Grammy you can't die like Papaw, I need one grandparent to see me graduate.  I made it but you didn't.. I'm so proud of him, for the both of us. You will sitting right there with me, watching .  Still wish you where here, with me ... is this the reason we didn't go together???
I love you & I am ready.....I'll be there for Devin........
Bill I miss you more every day"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 9th May 2016

"Today is another first without you, 5/8/16 Mother's Day.. At least I know your with our baby girl, I miss both of you.  Kimberly & the kids surprised me by showing up @ church, with a flower.  Kelli called wish me Happy Mother's Day & so did Michael & Wynde, Linda and your buddy Roger had a surprised on fb for me, from you, the song Sherry.  It brought tears to my eyes, not just because it was your song for me, but he cared enough to do it.
Later Dakota  came over & we went to dinner @ Kim's, with Charlie & the kids.. They had gifts & a balloon for me.
Kimberly has been working hard to help with my girl's nite, here. Food, exchange gifts, helping in the house..  Bonnie & Darlene came over & did the floors, Bonnie brought can drinks.
So all in all its was a good Mother's Day, except you weren't here with me... Sadie misses you, too. She sleeps in the livingroom, where ya'll would sit.  I swear she can see you or feel you; I wish I could.
We both miss you to the heavens forever & ever.....  We love you; we all do  .
All my love"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 7th May 2016

"Well another first...  Today is Sat 5/9/16 Devin's Big Day ... It's Prom Night.  He's all dressed & shined with his tux & all the trimings..  A beautiful shade of blue , ready for his date.. I so wish you could be here to see him; you would be so proud of him; he's so handsome!!
As we planned, we gave him the  $200.  for the prom, and I got him a new tie..   I gonna be their for both of us , when walks the stage; to graduate.  I know you'll be there watching from above!
I love you everyday, more and more. Keep me going so I can see Devin; walk across the stage to graduate 5/28, for both of us and his graduation party 6/6..  I love you forever & ever; until we are together
love & kisses Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 27th March 2016

"well Bill this week I had 2 first.... Our 1st Anniversary, apart in 43 yrs and the second one was today Our first Easter without you!..  I've been staying with Vicki & Steve, since leaving the hospital.  On our anniversary , they got me a basket of flowers,  & we went to lunch at Red Lobster.. Today was my 1st Easter without you @ my side.. Kim & the kids took me to Church... Later Dakota drove us to Kim's for Easter Dinner, we picked up Grandma on the way.  Yesterday my sister actually talk with me one the phone, asking if would take Grandma for Easter, Kelli said maybe it's her way to make amends?????...  
We all had a good time at Kim's dinner was awesome, she is still a very good cook!!!!!
I guess you know what's been going on with me, almost got to be with you!!! I am ready, but I have to stay around til Devin graduates in June.
I'm getting things prepared, just in case.. I've said my good-byes, made sure everyone will be ok and I'm ok, cause I'll be with you forever.  I'm making sure all my ducks are in a row..
Bill I love you still & maybe even more each day.  I miss & need you.  I'm trying to make you proud! I'm taking it one day at a time, one step at a time. I know its coming, just don't  know when, we will be together again... soon,cause I'm so tired of hurting, the pain is bad. Poor
Sadie is beside her self, 1st you left didn't come back, then I went to the hospital and didn't come back for awhile; I did have her with me at Vicki's.........
I love & miss you so much and I will forever & ever....... bye for now, I Iove you......................love your PEACHES"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 15th February 2016

"6 months  today @11:52  , you left me behind without you.  Bill it seems like a life time, I'm just a empty shell, without you.  My life has no meaning ; I've loved you since the first day I met you and always will forever & ever.!  I'm working on our plan , you told me on Feb 1st, the first time I could feel you.  This morning I got your message you left me, loud & clear; my love..  I know it was your way, of sending your love, for me.   I believe it with all my heart & being..    I love you baby to the end of time, forever & ever always.  I will see you ....love Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 14th February 2016

"Happy Valentine's Day, my love..  I  been remembering our other Valentines, together.. So in memory of our love, I fixed the exact same first meal, I cooked you , everything the same. It didn't fill the void inside. I miss you so much, & will forever & ever... All my love, until you here to get me....love"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 10th February 2016

"Well it's another first, without you by my side....  Today was Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10.2016. I had  to   ....drive alone & go..Becky followed me home,  & waited til I got in.  It was hard, remember Ash Wed, Feb 2003 the day that terrible call  from Breast Cancer ...came... 2yrs to live..but God had a reason to keep ,me here WHY??? Why?? and once again WHY?? didn't he let me go with you?????....  Today Bob & Mark came over to check what kind of repairs the house needed!!!   God's Angels from Heaven..   fix bathroom,kitchen,& the outside light & try to repair the roof....  they are from Kingwood Church... what a God send ...so blessed .  I was so worried & didn't want to ask for help, taking food from pantry is bad enough!!!! They are going to try to come next week
God is answering my prayers......     I love & miss you still so very much. Bill you are my life, my world still....
love you always forever & ever."

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 1st January 2016

"Well my love it New Year's Day 2016..... I start this year without you @ myside, our world together will never be the same, You are on my mind & heart... I will never be the same, again in my life. My life stopped August 15,2015 .... I have watched over & over all night & day your tapes...... ......Merritt Man   &   Merritt Man 2.  Thinking of our life together & how I miss it & you.
Today Sadie & I watched the movie  WAR ROOM... the movie be planned on seeing  that  Friday it came out, so I watched it for both of us.  As you said it would be, it's an awesome movie............ I learned alot, like we did with Fireproof, God's Not Dead, Heaven is for Real, Courage, etc. I wish with all my heart & soul you could have seen it, together............ I'm not sure what my life will  be like without you, this year; but know I love & think of you everyday, forever & ever, from here & now,  to the end of time.
Bill I don't understand why? why? you left me here alone.   Just a note,so you know the  Margarita drinking didn't help at all, last night!....... lol ....but it didn't make me sleepy, either, so I guess I'm not a Cheap Date!! lol lol ...........
You're an awesome loving husband & daddy & papaw.  The best ever!!
Happy New Year Bill......  Hugs & kisses
I love you so much"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 31st December 2015

"Today Dec. 31, 2015....  New Year's Eve....   it marks..... another 1st in our new life without .  It's the very first time I've ever been all alone on New Year's Eve.....the first in 44yrs without you at myside... I miss you so bad.  I cried when you died & still cry everyday for you.. You are my life.. it has no meaning ...... you are my world....a world I don't have... I hurt & cry  for you!  I'm a empty shell, no life inside without you.
I so wish I kept our promise pack... we were one, one heart ,one soul , one mind &  one love always from the start!!
That's the way it was  meant to be.   You go ,we go!!!!!
God took you from me, I don't know why???  why??? It's not fair to Kimberly & Kelli , they both have lives of their own to live, shouldn't be burden with me.  Why did you leave me??????? I don't understand.............I so long to be with you!! What happen to our pack, what changed?????  Why didn't you want me???  Why didn't I go with you????  I love you now more than I did, we were one. I loved you from the start... we always had each other back, no matter what!!!
Bill I love you forever & ever
always
Sheri"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 31st December 2015

"Well my beloved Bill. soul/mate, It's another first for us in our new life, as we know it now. This is our 1st New Year's Eve without you!  I have tons of memories flooding my head......... like our 1st. date Dec22, a cheap date as you call me Lol Lol because 1 drink and I was out for the night!!  Then I invited you to be my date @ Hudman's New Year's Eve Party, but you couldn't go because you had other plans.  So I went.....  without you... After the start of the New Year, we started our new life together, no family [except Aunt Mary Jo & Aunt Nita]  This will be our 1st New Year's apart, ever.
We were our family, just the 2 of us ... we had each others back & took care of one another, from then on. Through out these 44yrs we have had our ups & downs, but together we weather the storm, our love carried us through, we were each other worlds!! We had each other backs & we stick together always..  I love you so much & still & always forever & ever!!   You'll always be my husband, my life,my world, my only forever, til the end of time  I miss you deeply.. I think of you every minute of the day! I wish I could hold you one more time....................
I love you deeply with all my heart & soul....Bill
love forever
Peaches"

This tribute was added by Linda Katlen on 26th December 2015

"MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU MY FRIEND SURE DO MISS YOU WHEN I CALL SHERI .WHEM YOU MEET MU HISBAND TELL HIM I MISS HIMHIS NAMEVARNELL THOMAS YOU. WILL LIKE HIM"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 26th December 2015

"Merry Christmas my love.  This is my 1st Christmas without you, since we became one with each other.  After I lost you,  it hurt so bad & my heart still breaking.  I cried when you died & I haven't stopped.  I couldn't make you stay.  You never said, I'm Leaving..... You never said,  Goodbye!
In life I loved dearly & in death I love you still.   Our promise was, We were mated for life, never to leave one another., but you left me.....
When you died, I died too, life as no meaning without you in it.  I go through the motions, but all I feel is an empty shell inside..................
Why did you leave me................. why?? ............ We promised our love for each other!
love you forever
Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 26th December 2015

"Merry Christmas  December 25 th. my love Bill!...  This is our first Christmas without you! The first Christmas after I lost you, it hurts so bad & my heart is breaking. I'm so sad & lonely without you!
You never said , I'm leaving
You never said, Goodbye........
In life I loved you dearly & in death I love you still!
When you died , I died too, life as no meaning, without you in it.
All I wanted for Christmas is you.  I prayed for you  to come & be with me again.  Santa didn't bring you!
Today Dakota & I spread your ashes at Lake Houston Parkway, off Sharkie's shore, that way I can sit with you & think of your everytime I cross the bridge.
We all were together at Robert's for a family Christmas Dinner, we missed you so much! especially me.  Later the kids took me & all of us went to play Bingo, for Charlie's birthday.  I though of the two of us , the whole time
Merry Christmas my love... I will always love you forever & ever.  You're in my heart.......  
I love you with all my heart
Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 25th December 2015

"TODAY December 24,  is our first Christmas Eve to ever be apart.  Christmas is a time of joy, but all I do is cry for you.  I'm so sad.  
The first Christmas after loosing you is so hard & breaks my heart,more.  I don't feel like celebrating, but I go along with it for the kids sake.
This was the 1st Christmas Service, I had to attend alone, without you by my side.  I really didn't want to be there, but the kids wanted me to.
the tears streamed down my cheeks, We didn't sit in our usual seat seat,but kept looking for you to come in the door.. I'm so very sad, loosing you is the worst thing in my life..  I will always love for Bill forever & ever.... can't wait til I come to you.  I love you.....why did you leave me...................................... all my love forever Sheri"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 26th November 2015

"Today was our 1st Thanksgiving [11-26-15] in our 44 years of Thanksgiving together & ours without you with us! I so misses you & was so lost without you.  Kim & Robert,Charlie & Kelley cooked. The food was so good; you would have love it. So Sadie & I spent Thanksgiving  over their.  Even with everyone there, I was so very lonely & alone.  Kim drove us home,but first I had her stop on the Lake Houston Bridge, so Sadie & I could spread your ashes, over the side. Now you will be apart of Lake Houston & will be in our hearts crossing it & smile..I love you forever & you'll always be in our hearts... we all love you Papa.....I'm so lonely without you & my hearts is broken.. all my love your Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 26th November 2015

"Today Kim took  me, Devin,Dallas Drake to Galveston after Church on Sunday Nov 22, 2015.  We went to our special spot on Galveston Bay.. We all took turns spreading your ashes saying goodbye & love you, then we rode the Ferry, I spread your ashes over the side,  We drove down to Bolivar Rollover Pass, where you took me on part of our honeymoon & the kids fishing,later on,in our life together, We all took our turn spreading your ashes.  Now you will always be apart of memories there.
I love you Bill more & more ...always have & always will, forever & ever
til I'm with you..... you have my heart & love Peaches"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 4th November 2015

"My dearest Bill, well I went to Minnesota to see Kelli & kids  Fri Oct . 30,2015.
I was there for my 63rd birthday..  On my birthday we spread your Ashes in Lake Parker, Lake Buffalo & the Crow River, by Kelli's house. It was me,Kelli,Gracie & Joey; we each put your ashes,in and said a prayer & said we loved you, forever & ever,  That way you'll be close to Kelli. Now the kids can be with you when they go to the park and play.
  I really enjoyed my visit with them, especially Kelli, I needed to be with her.  I HATE to get on the plane Tues Nov 3,2015 I left crying & her crying..It was so hard.. But at least now she can visit & feel close to you"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 15th October 2015

"Well my love it's been 2 months, today since you left me & went to heaven.  I still wish I could have gone with you.  I miss you so much & I can't get a handle on life with you with me, I love more today than ever & will always.  You'll always be my husband & loving soul mate, my life's partner. Why did you leave me"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 1st October 2015

"My beloved Bill, I miss you more & more everyday.  My life has no meaning without you in it.  You will always be my loving husband, the love of my life forever & ever..I love you so much!. I long to be with, I just go through the motion of life.  I can't seem to find myself or purpose. I miss you & love you so,I wish releashed you from pack.."

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 28th August 2015

"Today was FOOD PANTRY, Dakota & I went, but it was very hard for me.  I just couldn't handle it, so after many hugs & tears ; I had to leave.  I felt BILL everywhere!!!   I so miss him!
After leaving the church DAKOTA & I went to the funeral to pickup MY  LOVE OF MY LIFE'S , ASHES.  Holding close & tight , next to me, I carried HIM to the car.  I held him close all the home.  I placed HIM, in the living room next to his picture, he now home with me, to stay.
BILL I love you & always will, forever & ever..  Til we are together again, all my love"

This tribute was added by Patricia Merritt on 26th August 2015

"I wish I could come up with the words that explain the hurt I feel within my heart and soul. You were my one and only Favorite Uncle. We've gotten closer over these past few years so I know it's just my selfishness that feels this way. You were and always will be an Amazing Man in my Eyes. Go rest in Peace now and know You will always be with my !"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 25th August 2015

"HAPPY 77th BIRTHDAY to my first love & soul mate...I miss you more everyday of my life. I know you're up there, in heaven having the best time, parting , drinking coffee & telling jokes.  We all love & miss you so much!!!! so HAPPY BITHDAY.... we're celebrating here for you with hot dogs, rootbeer floats,ice cream sandwiches and of course Flat Hot Dogs sandwiches......we love you & I love & miss you the most!!  Til I"m with you, remember I love you....................Sheri"

This tribute was added by Kelli Merritt on 25th August 2015

"Daddy here it is after midnight and it's your birthday. I wish you were here so I could tell you happy birthday in person, but I know you can hear me and know how much I love you and miss you everyday. I talk to you often and I will continue you, because I know you are with me and always will be. I hope you have a joyous birthday dancing with the angels and you know how much we love you and miss you. You're my hero and always will be."

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 23rd August 2015

"To my soul mate Bill, I miss you so much everyday. You're in my heart , always & forever, I know you're in an awesome place and not hurting anymore, bu it doesn't keep my heart from breaking ... you're my first love and will always be, my love forever & ever.  We made our own LOVE STORY, in this world. Just the two of us!! in the beginning...........
I love you , til I join you......... All my love forever & ever...
Love your Peaches,Sheri"

This tribute was added by Darlene Williamson on 21st August 2015

"Bill Merritt was such a wonderful and fun person to work with. He was always ready to do what ever needs to be done. He was always happy. He loved to act silly so he got alone great with everyone. He loved liife and people so much. He loved his wife  Sherri so much, and them Grand kids they was what he talked  about a lot. Each one of them look like there  Grandpaw . He will be so missed,but someday we will met again. Until than please Dear Lord keep all his family safe. Hugs to Heaven for sweet Bill Merritt. Gone but not forgotten . Love to all....You will have a special birthday in Heaven with our Lord and all your  love ones there too....Happy  Birthday  a couple of days early...hugs..."

This tribute was added by Linda Katlen on 20th August 2015

"I will miss you I am still your angle and I will be there for Sheri always"

This tribute was added by Vicki Hand on 19th August 2015

"Steve and I will miss you so much, Mr. Bill. You've been an angel to Steve and he loved being around you. You and Steve had many common likes including your witty and sometimes quirky sense of humor. We loved sharing meals and good times with you and your beautiful wife, Sheri. You were our "EGGSpert" chicken hatcher when we purchased an incubator.  I could always count on a hug from you at church. Volunteers and clients alike were blessed with your wonderful smile and caring ways at food pantry. To watch you and Sheri interact through our friendship was such a wonderful display of how a marriage should work. It was quite evident how much you loved each other. We'll not say goodbye but simply, "Til we meet again in heaven". I'll make sure Sheri behaves (to a degree) and that she is well cared for. We love you, Mr. Bill."

This tribute was added by Kelli Merritt on 19th August 2015

"Daddy, you will be missed! You taught me many things and helped me with even more whether it be playing catch with me before a softball game  (even if you did hit me with the ball), to building lamb cages and pens, to teaching you how to show Pygmy goats. I was your fishing buddy, and beer and m&m buddy ( only a few know that story). You taught me the importance of hard work and love of family! You'll always be with me! Always, your not so lil Buddha"

This tribute was added by Sheri Rollins Merritt on 19th August 2015

"On Sat 8-15-15 I lost the love of my life! Bill was not only my best friend but my true sole mate. I loved him from the first day we met and  will always love him! I  know your in heaven waiting for me...  I love you Peaches!"


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