Ferman Merritt was called home to the Lord on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 while resting peacefully at home. Born January 26, 1932 in Homer, Louisiana he was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eva Merritt; four sisters, Naomi Heard, Queen Davis, Baby Girl Merritt and Louise Ford; two brothers, Herman and Bobby; and son, Samuel.
Known as “Shorty” by friends and family, even though he was over six feet, two inches tall, Ferman moved to Dayton after serving in the U. S. Air Force as a trained firefighter. He found employment with Dayton Press, where he served several job capacities, including supervisor, until he retired in 1983. During this time also, Ferman founded his own company, F & M Hauling, which served the Dayton area’s bustling housing construction industry during the 60’s, 70’s and early 1980’s.
Ferman enjoyed spending much of his free time serving as a Cub and Boy Scout leader, and following his favorite professional sports teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Browns.
After retirement, Ferman became an officer for Dayton’s Southwest Priority Board, and became a member of Phillips Temple C.M.E Church, where he became an invaluable usher and trustee.
Ferman leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of over 60 years, Lucretia; a son, Robert Brown; two daughters, Latischa (John and daughter Kacey Hanson) Hanson and Balisha Merritt; grandchildren, Robyn Roberts, Michael Scott, Jr., El-Asa Crawford, El-Ayanna Crawford, Asante Crawford; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of close friends.
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