William McKinley Merritt (5 Feb 1913, Oxford Public Ledger, Oxford, NC)
Wrei. McHinley Merritt Dead. William McKioley Menitt was born December 7, 1902, and died November 28, 1912, son of William and Eugenia Merritt. He was the pet and pride of parents and grand-parents. grand-parents. grand-parents. God in His wisdom saw it was best to transplant transplant the flower into His own garden fearing an idol he might prove. He was a good child and always had a conciousness of the right within He would remark to his father, after bending the knee iu payer, "Papa. I feel better now God will take care of Kinley " He would often join wiih the other with his feeble voice in singing praises to God. He had been in bad health for several years, but he endured endured his suffering with a Christian patience, patience, for one so young. He showed he did not fear death. He who gave thee has taken thee back, Less an idol their presence might prove. And the arms which encircles thee now. Are the proof of thy Saviour's love. As He said, "All who wear that bright crown Must experience affliction's sharp rod. Hence thy innocent form suffered pain Ere thou entered thy Father's abode. Now thou'rt safe in thy Heavenly ho ne. Where no pains nor afflictions came nigh We would not recall thee to earth, Bat look up to meet thee on high.