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Mr. Jody R. “Rufus” Merritt, Sr., 83, died Monday morning (September 11, 2017) at Hospice House Satilla after an extended illness. He was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County. He retired from Weeks Dredging Company as a captain., and he was a member of Indian Mound Missionary Baptist Church. Rufus is preceded in death by his parents, Joe Cecil Merritt and Zilpha Musgrove Merritt; his wife, Della Mae Thornton Merritt; and his siblings, Katherine Hilton, Josephine Harden King, Daniel Merritt, Cecil Merritt, Dovan Merritt and Willie Merritt. Survivors include two daughters, Jane Lindsey (Eddie) of Axson and Myra Musgrove (Chester) of Millwood; two sons, J. R. Merritt, Jr. (Lena) of Millwood and Danny Merritt, Sr. (Patricia) of Millwood; 10 grandchildren, Angie Greene (Michael), Dallas Lindsey (Tammy), Michael Merritt (Karen), Cole Merritt (Amber), Danny Merritt, Jr. (Sharon), Katie Ficken (Nate), Casey Merritt (Beth), Jonathan Musgrove (Gina), Christy Youngblood (Tony) and Roxann Hutchison (Chris); 22 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday (September 16, 2017) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Hargraves Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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