G. C. Merritt
December 8, 1936 - November 10, 2018
G. C. Merritt left this world on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the age of 81. Services will be at First Baptist Church, Hereford, on Thursday, November 15, at 2:00 p.m., with Chris Flickinger officiating.
He was born December 8, 1936, to G. C. (Preach) Merritt, Sr., and Irene Pence Merritt in Midland, Texas, but moved to Hereford at age two, where he began a life-long love with the Whitefaces.
Following a successful high school career as a running back and defensive back for the football team, he took his skills to Oklahoma State University, where he had earned a football scholarship. Love called him home, however, as he returned to Hereford to marry his high school sweetheart, Gladys Lee, on August 16, 1958.
G. C.ís career as a cattleman took his family to several different towns, but always the call to Hereford pulled them back. He loved being outside, and his golden touch with animals provided a comfortable living for his wife and three children as well as winning him respect from his employers. It also gave him a wealth of humorous stories with which to regale his friends and family.
An avid football and baseball fan, G.C. spent his weekends cheering for his favorite teams: OSU, the University of Texas, Dallas, the Texas Rangers, and of course, the Whitefaces. His knowledge of the games and the teams provided fodder for rich discussions with his friends during the week.
His Christian faith gave him the foundation to become a superior leader in his job and a compassionate family man. As a member of First Baptist Church and BOBs Bible Study Class, he brought his ever-present smile and quiet assurance wherever he was. That innate cheerfulness brought out the best in everyone he knew, for he didnít believe in having a bad day, especially if he could begin it by watching the sunrise on the pasture and feeling close to God.
He leaves behind his loving wife Gladys and three children: Micki and husband Jimmy Hicks of Pampa, Missy and husband Scott Wilcox of Hereford, and Mitch Merritt of Hereford. Four grandchildren enriched his life: Sarah Baulch of Hereford; J. T. Baulch and wife Sarah Jean of Boscawen, NH; Shayla Webb and husband Ace of Canyon; and Shane Wilcox and wife Jennifer of Hereford. A third generation presented him with six treasured great-grandchildren. All, however, take comfort in knowing that their Pa is happy on his heavenly horse in a pasture of gold, truly one with his Lord.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Kingís Manor, 400 Ranger, Hereford, TX, 79045, or to the Hereford Satellite Center, 218 N. 25 Mile Ave., Hereford, TX, 79045.