Mercedes Castillo
Mercedes Lopez del Castillo, 85, of Waverly, died Friday morning (Sept. 23, 2016) at the Hospice of the Golden Isles after an extended illness.
She was born in Havana, Cuba, to the late Dr. Ernesto Cabarga and Mercedes Antonia Piedrahita de Cabarga. She lived in Waycross since the 1970’s.
She was a graduate of the University de la Habana, and was a Spanish teacher at Center Junior High and later Center High School and Waycross High School. “Mrs. Del,” as she was affectionately called, retired in the late 1980’s.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Organization of Catholic Women and the St. Joseph Choir for many years.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Senor Emilio Lopez del Castillo, who taught at Ware County High for many years, and one daughter, Annette Maria Lopez del Castillo (Anny).
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Lourdes Zachry and Robert Bernard Zachry, of Waverly; three grandchildren, Heather Whitaker (husband, Frank), of Savannah, Robert B. Zachry IV (wife, Diana), of Augusta, Maria Luisa Cristina Zachry, of Savannah; four great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Luke Whitaker, and Anna and John Robert Zachry.
A funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.A rosary service will be held at 5 o’clock today at the funeral home. The family will receive friends until 7 o’clock this evening.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. Daniel Merritt Sr.
The Rev. Daniel William Merritt Sr., 62, of 2272 Rosy Road, Blackshear, peacefully went home to be with the Lord early Thursday evening (Sept. 22, 2016) at his residence with his loving wife, two sons, devoted daughter-in-law, sister-in-law and three granddaughters at his side.
He was born Oct. 19, 1953, in Wayne County, N.C., one of seven children adopted and raised by the late Lois Eason-Merritt and Lewis William Merritt. He attended Duval County School in Jacksonville, Fla., and earned an engineer degree from the University of Florida. He was a Vietnam veteran who served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a past member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Mason Lodge, Riverview Lodge No. 306, Jacksonville, Fla.
Known by his family and friends as “Danny,” he met and married Debra Diane Owens in 1992 and to this union two children were born. He accepted Christ at the age of 12, and later in life he accepted his calling to the ministry. He completed his training in 2008. He served as associate pastor of New Pleasant Groves Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of his father-in-law, the late Dr. James E. Owens Sr.
He retired from ScotBilt in November 2015, after 10 years as a maintenance technician. He was a skilled carpenter, mechanic, welder and electrician, and was the “go to” man for mechanical, electrical and construction projects.
He loved the outdoors and working with his hands. He enjoyed working on cars, building, fishing and hunting. His favorite indoor pastime was watching westerns and enjoying his family.
Preceding him in death other than his parents are his sister, Vickie Merritt, and one brother, David Wayne Merritt.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 24 years, Debra Owens-Merritt; his children, Daniel William Jr. (Hailey, his devoted daughter-in-law) and David Wayne Merritt; a special sister-in-law, Daisy Marie Owens; his three granddaughters, Kimberlyn, Khalleigh and Serenity Merritt, all of Blackshear; his two children from a previous marriage, Joe Danielle Merritt, of Thomasville, and Jonathan Clay Merritt; four sisters, Peggy, Charlotte, Joanne and Betty; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Essie W. Owens; three brothers-in-law, James Edward (Joann), Robert Earl (Latrece) and Kevin Lamar Owens, all of Waycross; his great-uncle, Bob Eason, of Jacksonville, Fla.; three nephews, Robert Jr., of Waycross, Jordan, of Blackshear, and James Owens III, of Fort Huachuuca, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; a niece, Rochelle Owens-Hernandez (Alex), of Richmond Hill; two great-nieces, RyLeigh Reddish, of Baxley, and Adrianna Martin, of Sumter, S.C.; and one great-nephew, Alex Hernandez His Jr.; a host of family and friends; his two special friends, Timmy Lee Davis Sr. and Dennis Melton, both of Blackshear.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. at Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Repast will follow at the family residence, 2272 Rosy Road, Blackshear.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home.

Joseph Mark Davis
A graveside funeral for Joseph Mark Davis was held Friday morning at Pierce Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Edward Hurst officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.