William L. Merritt, III, 30, of Bridgeport, Alabama, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018.

Will was a 2006 graduate of North Jackson High School and a 2011 graduate of Huntingdon College, playing football for both schools.  After earning his Bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon, he taught and coached football at Wetumpka High School and later at North Jackson High School. He later worked in the construction trade as a welder and pipefitter, and had been a supervisor at Gestamp in Chattanooga. Will was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dr. H.L. & Mary Byrd Elmore, grandfather, William L. Merritt, Sr., and aunt, Jan Elmore.

He is survived by his parents, Lauria and Bill Merritt; brother, Matthew Merritt, all of Bridgeport, Alabama; the love of his life, Lilli Leadingham, of Montgomery, Alabama; grandmother, Virginia Merritt, of Bridgeport; future father-in-law, Art Leadingham, of Montgomery; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

The family gathered with friends for visitation from 4 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Rogers Funeral Home in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

A memorial service was held at Rogers Funeral Home in South Pittsburg, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. Honorary pallbearers were his former football teammates and his hunting & fishing buddies.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Will Merritt Memorial Fund, c/o FNB Bank, Scottsboro, Alabama.

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