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Joann Tomlinson Merritt

May 7, 1937 — August 6, 2020

Joann Tomlinson Merritt

Joann Tomlinson Merritt May 7, 1937 – August 6, 2020 Joann Tomlinson Merritt, 83 of Wilson passed away Thursday. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson. Dr. Ken Barnes will officiate. Family and friends are welcome to pay respects Friday afternoon from 2 - 5 p.m. at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson. Joann was a long-time member of Forest Hills Baptist Church. She was a wonderful person that lived a beautiful life. She will be greatly missed and thought of often with memories that will make you smile. Joann is survived by her daughter, Lynn M. Barnes and husband, Spencer; grandsons, Hunter Barnes and wife, Anna and Travis Barnes and wife, Catherine; four great-grandchildren, Weston Etheridge, William Barnes, Mary Hunter Barnes and Wally Barnes and her brother, James “Jimmy” Ray Tomlinson. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Norwood Earl Merritt; parents, Lewis Clifton and Mary Ann Hayes Tomlinson; sister, Edna T. Lamm and her brother, Lewis “L.C.” Clifton Tomlinson, Jr. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Forest Hills Baptist Church, 1407 Forest Hills Road, Wilson, North Carolina 27896. Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.
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