Edith C. Merritt - Emerson

11 October, 192613 October, 2020

Edith C. Merritt Emerson, age 94, of Hixson, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

She was born at Henagar, Alabama, but had lived in the Chattanooga area most of her adult life.

Edith was a member of Red Bank United Methodist Church since June of 1951, the Shaw Murray Sunday School Class, the Chancel Choir and Young at Heart Group. She had worked in the children’s division, served as a youth counselor and a member of several committees of the church. Edith was a Den Mother in the Scout program for 6 years and was the church secretary from 1963 until 1972.

She was very active in the PTA of Alpine Crest Elementary, Red Bank Junior High and Red Bank High School, and the sports booster club at both Red Bank schools. Edith was also involved in Dixie Youth Baseball at Skipper Fairbanks Field in Red Bank.

In her later years she served as a Red Cross Volunteer at CHI Memorial at Hixson (Northpark)

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 46 years, Joe E. Merritt and her mother, Laura Bell Cordell.

Edith is survived by her husband, Jerome Emerson; her two sons, Robert “Bob” Merritt of Nashville and Ronald (Stephanie) Merritt of Soddy Daisy; two grandsons, Rob (Tonia) Merritt of Hendersonville, TN and Josh Merritt of Hixson; granddaughter, Stephanie Carnes of Chattanooga; three great grandsons, Joe Merritt and Travis Sands both of Hendersonville, and Brandon Carnes of Chattanooga; great granddaughter, Nashaya Marie Lykes of Chattanooga; two step-daughters, Denise Borland of Lilburn, GA and Kimberly Emerson of Soddy Daisy; five step-grandchildren, six step great grandchildren, and a very special friend Bonnie Merritt of Portland, TN.

The family respectfully request that "social distancing", wearing masks, and all CDC measures be followed at the church.

A Memorial Service honoring the life of Edith will be held at 5 pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Red Bank United Methodist Church, 3800 Dayton Blvd., Red Bank, TN 37415 with her Pastors paying tribute to her legacy.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Merritt – Emerson family.


  • Joe E. Merritt, first husband of 46 years (deceased)
  • Laura Bell Cordell, mother (deceased)
  • Jerome Emerson, husband
  • Robert "Bob" Merritt, son
  • Ronald Merritt (Stephanie), son
  • Rob Merritt (Tonia), grandson
  • Josh Merritt, grandson
  • Stephanie Carnes, granddaughter
  • Joe Merritt, Travis Sands, and Brandon Carnes, great grandsons
  • Nashaya Marie Lykes, great granddaughter
  • Denise Borland and Kimberly Emerson, step-daughters
  • Bonnie Merritt, special friends
  • She is also survived by five step-grandchildren, and six step great grandchildren.


  • A Memorial Service honoring the life of Edith

    Wednesday, 13 October , 2021


Edith C. Merritt - Emerson

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Al Miller

12 October 2021

Robert & Ronald, I would be hard pressed to come with a favorite memory, our families were so close and meant so much to each other. If it wasn't scouts, it was baseball, or many other things. Your mom was one of the most important adults in mine and Mike's lives. We know that she is joining "the Gang," in heaven, may she rest in peace. Al & Mike Miller

Peggy Clem

18 October 2020

Edith has been a dear friend for a lot of years. Always helpful and a joy to be with. We will miss her.
Thinking and praying for Jerome and the family.

Phil Rose

17 October 2020

Ronald and Robert. So sorry to hear about your mom. Always enjoyed running in to your mom over the years. If she was taking a walk, or shopping at the mall she was always ready to stop and catch me up with both of your lives. I know you will miss her and I will too. Gods peace and love to you both.

Phil Rose

Beverly Sweeney

16 October 2020

Any one who knew Edith , knows how important family was to her . She loved her family dearly . I’m very sorry for your loss . She was a sweet lady and a good neighbor . Praying for your family ! Beverly Sweeney

Tanja Parton

16 October 2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this painful time. May God continue to comfort you all. Tanja and Mark Parton

Mary Reagan

14 October 2020

May the Great Comforter bless her family and friends with peace and the fondest of memories.
Mrs. Merritt was a sweet, admirable lady. She always had the sweetest smile and enjoyed life to the fullest.
God has called another one of His angels back to heaven. She will be missed.

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