Mrs. Mer­ritt

The Standard Journal - - Obituaries -

Mrs. Jo Shanks Mer­ritt, age 79 of Cedar­town, passed away on Thurs­day, July 17, 2014.

Mrs. Mer­ritt was born on Nov. 10, 1934 in Lin­dale, daugh­ter of the late Al­bert Roy Cog­gins and the late Odessa Grimes Cog­gins.

Los­ing her fa­ther at an early age, she was raised in Rock­mart by her mother and step-fa­ther, the late Ol­lie Vi­vian Jones. She was a 1953 grad­u­ate of Rock­mart High School, where she formed life­long friend­ships re­sult­ing in her at­ten­dance at many class reunions and class­mate socials through­out the years.

For many years she worked in the med­i­cal of­fices of Dr. R. B. Goldin and Dr. Harold Goldin, mak­ing her well known in her beloved Rock­mart com­mu­nity. Later she worked for Polk County Mag­is­trate Court as an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant. She re­tired in 2004 from full-time ser­vice, but con­tin­ued on a part-time ba­sis in the Rock­mart of­fice for sev­eral ad­di­tional years.

Mrs. Mer­ritt was a mem­ber of the Fairview Bap­tist Church of Rock­mart, but most re­cently at­tended the First Bap­tist Church of Cedar­town.

Plac­ing top pri­or­ity on fam­ily through­out her life, she was an ex­em­plary daugh­ter, wife, mother, grand­mother, and sis­ter. Her fam­ily will for­ever re­mem­ber her un­wa­ver­ing grace, her gen­er­ous and lov­ing spirit, and her im­pec­ca­ble sense of per­sonal style. Iron­i­cally, although she never learned to swim, her fa­vorite summer pas­time was sit­ting pool­side in Ge­or­gia or loung­ing on the beaches of the Gulf Coast, bask­ing in the sun­shine.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents and step-fa­ther, she was pre­ceded in death by her first hus­band, Mr. Audie L. Shanks; her sib­lings, in­fant sis­ter, Margie Sue Cog­gins and broth­ers, Mr. Thomas Wal­ter Jones and Mr. Wil­liam Ken­neth “Buck” Jones.

She was sur­vived by her hus­band, Ray Mer­ritt of Cedar­town; two sons, Lee Shanks and his part­ner, Kevin Har­den of At­lanta and Keith Shanks and his wife Feli­cia of Rock­mart; her sib­lings, Melvin Jones of Har­al­son County, Glynn Jones and Lynn Jones Bai­ley both of Rock­mart; grand­sons, Benji Shanks and his wife Alexis, Brock Shanks and Braden Shanks; great­grand­son, Oliver Shanks; nieces, neph­ews, and Grimes fam­ily cousins.

Memo­rial grave­side and in­ter­ment ser­vices for Mrs. Mer­ritt were held on Sun­day, July 20 4 p.m. in the fam­ily lot of Rose Hill Cemetery with Dr. Tony Weaver of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion-GA Chap­ter, 922 East Mor­ris Street, Dal­ton, Ga. 30721 in mem­ory of Mrs. Mer­ritt.

Please visit www.free­man­har­ris­fu­ner­als.com to ex­tend you per­sonal con­do­lences to the fam­ily by sign­ing the on­line guest­book.

Free­man Har­ris Funeral Home was in charge of the memo­rial grave­side ser­vice for Mrs. Jo Shanks Mer­ritt.

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