GREENVILLE -- Melvin N. Merritt, Jr., 66, died unexpectantly on April 30, 2021 at Autumn Care of Saluda, NC.
He was born in Greenville, SC on November. 4, 1954, the son of Melvin N. Merritt, Sr. and Helen Lawson Merritt. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. He also attended primary school there.
He was a graduate of J.L. Mann High school in Greenville, SC in the class of 1973. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC in 1977.
Following graduation from college, he taught school for a while and later become a cruise ship musician and freelance artist. His favorite music repertoire was jazz. He gained a strong reputation as being a sought after saxophone player in the Greenville and surrounding communities. In addition to specializing in the sultry sound of the alto saxophone, Melvin often included piano and flute into his repertoire.
As a freelance musician, the sounds of his Saxophone can be heard on the musical tracks of several recording artist including the “Indigo Girls.”
Melvin loved to read and his favorite hobbies were the study of numerology and the collection of rare stones.
Predeceased by his parents, Melvin Sr. and Helen Lawson Merritt. Survivors include sister, Kathleen A. Merritt, Simpsonville, SC, Brother Phillip D. Merritt (Rita), Atlanta, Ga. Nieces, Helen A. Merritt-Brockman (Quentin) Greenville, SC and Ashley Merritt, Compton, California. Two great nieces, Brie S. Merritt, New Orleans, LA and Kinlyn Williams, Orangeburg, SC. and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins.
Melvin was a kind soul who loved God and his fellow man. He lived a simple life and was always appreciative of anyone who reached out to him with kindness especially during his hour of need.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 307 Gower Street. Greenville, SC.
Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 1699 Piedmont Highway, Greenville, SC.