Roger Dale Merritt, Sr., 66, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday January 9, 2019 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday January 12th at 3:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Brandon Patterson officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Merritt was born February 10, 1952 in Nashville to the late Henry Link and Mary Emma Rodgers Merritt. His lifetime career was auto mechanic and body work, but he was always a jack of all trades and could do anything he set his mind to doing. Mr. Merritt loved NASCAR, but his love was Stock Car Racing. He primarily raced at Highland Rim and the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. For those that knew him and loved him, he was always known as “The Supervisor” at the Nashville race shop. He was of the Baptist faith, having been baptized at Grace Baptist Church in Nashville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son: Jason Brian Merritt and by his brother: William Merritt.
Mr. Merritt is survived by his wife of 45 years: Lynn McMillan Merritt of Springfield, his son and daughter-in-law: Roger Dale and Carol Merritt, Jr. of Hermitage, his daughters and sons-in-law: Jamie and Charlie Patterson of Nashville, Katherine and Bryan Williams of Springfield, Sandra Merritt of White House, his brothers and sister-in-law: Melvin and Pattie Merritt of Knoxville, Rickey Merritt of Mt. Juliet, and James Merritt, his sister: Marie Sidwell, his grandchildren: Brittany, Brandon, Danielle, Dale, Jacob, Charitey, Stephanie, Hunter, Kassie, Austin, Zoe’, Makalynn, and Delacey, and by 5 great grandchildren.
Mr. Merritt’s family wishes to express their love and appreciation to Kindred Hospice, and especially to Sam Lewis and Sister Pam.