Merrill H. Person, 77, a longtime resident of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2012 after a long battle with Emphysema. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 1, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North IH 35, Georgetown, Texas. A service celebrating Merrill’s life and her faith was held on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 10:00AM at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at Liberty Hill Cemetery.
Honoring Merrill’s memory as pallbearers were grandsons, Ryan Person and Peyton Person; nephews, David Burdette, Stephen Burdette and Rodney Hutcherson; and dear friends, J.R. Hancock, Lee Jarrard, Jr. and Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield. Honorary pallbearers will be, Mickey Burdette, Dale Hutcherson, Ed Walsh, Congressman John Carter and nephews, Gerry Hoover, Royce Hoover and Rick Moss.
Merrill was born June 27, 1935 in Fairfax, Alabama, to the late Grady Nathaniel and Madge Medders Hightower. Merrill grew up in Fairfax and graduated from Valley High School. It was while working as a secretary at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia that Merrill met her future husband, Sgt. Otis H. Person, Sr. While on a double date she caught his eye by being bold enough to give him a big wink. Shortly thereafter, on July 7, 1956, Merrill and Otis were married in Fairfax, Alabama.
The newlyweds made their home in Texas. As the Army soon sent Otis to Italy to serve, Merrill returned to Alabama. Upon his discharge Merrill and Otis returned to Georgetown, Texas, where she made her home for the remainder of her life.
Merrill worked as a legal secretary and court administrator in Williamson County for over 35 years. She worked side by side with Judge Bill Lott, Judge John Carter and Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield for many years, until her retirement in June of 1998. Merrill had a love for the Williamson County court system. She did not stay retired long, going back to work during election times and early voting. Merrill also worked with the court during Settlement Week for many years.
Merrill was always very involved in the Georgetown community. She was actively involved in the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, the sorority Beta Sigma Phi, the 12 O’clock Club several Bridge Clubs the Williamson County Coordinating Committee and was a member of Main Street Baptist Church. Merrill’s spirit and her charming smile will be truly missed by all those who knew her.
Merrill leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving husband of 56 years, Otis H. Person, Sr.; her son Otis H. Person, Jr. “Sonne” and his wife Teresa; her son Stacy L. Person and his wife Rissa; Merrill’s only sister, Aleathea Burdette and her husband Mickey; her grandchildren, Carmen Childres, Bill Ewen and his fiancé Alison Reiland, Ryan J. Person and his fiancé Amanda Tubel, Caitlin Person, Taylor Person, Lyndzey Person and Peyton Person; her great grandchildren, Alison Childres and Carlie Childres along with many nieces, nephews and other loving family members and a host of friends.
In Merrill’s memory the family requests any memorial donations be made to the American Lung Association, Stop Smoking Campaign.