OBITUARY

Col. Merritt B Pound, USAF, Retired

February 17, 1934January 17, 2013

Colonel Merritt B. Pound, Jr., USAF, Retired Athens native, Colonel Merritt B. Pound, Jr, USAF, Retired, died unexpectedly Thursday morning Jan 17, 2013 at Athens Regional Hospital following complications from heart surgery. He was 78. A life-long Georgia Bulldog fan, Colonel Pound witnessed his first Georgia game in 1938 at the age of 4. He went on to star on the Georgia tennis team 1952-1955 and during his senior year served as the team captain under his cousin, Coach Dan Magill. A career Air Force officer and pilot, Colonel Pound culminated his 28 year military career in1983 as the commander of the University of Georgia’s Air Force ROTC detachment and professor of aerospace studies. As one of the Georgia Bulldogs biggest fans, he missed only six games since his retirement in 1983. During the Vietnam War, while stationed in Japan, Colonel Pound hitch-hiked via Army planes to Georgia's 1966 Cotton Bowl game against SMU and the 1967 Liberty Bowl against N.C. State in Memphis, Tenn. Colonel Pound was a member of the Athens Rotary Club and the Gridiron Secret Society. He also served as a member of the Board of Managers of the University of Georgia Alumni Society. He was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church in Athens, GA. He is survived by his wife, Evlyn and sons Sergeant Major Merritt Pound III, USA, Retired and Richard Weaver II, and daughters Libby Weaver (Hollett), Dr. Susan Weaver (Hawn), and Nancy Weaver (Gaultney.) He leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at the First United Methodist Church, Athens, GA at 1:00 p.m, January 21, 2013. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Colonel Pound’s memory to the First United Methodist Church in Athens, GA. Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, January 21, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, January 20, 2013
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Col. Merritt B Pound, USAF, Retired

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Edward and Anne (Bishop) Gay

January 24, 2013

Merritt was a very dear and lifelong friend to my dad - like a brother in every way. Our prayers go out to the family.

S.Griggs

January 23, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Mike Walsh

January 22, 2013

My sincerest condolences to your family. A man and a family who have meant so much to so many in Athens and beyond. God bless you.

EG

January 22, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

January 21, 2013

So many things I want to say, now that it's too late. When I talked to you a few months ago, Merritt, it was to brief. So many memories of our times together. Golf at ACC and a few Killiams; tennis with Dan, when you and I played against him and he always brought in a ringer, like John Isner or John Roddick. I still remember most of your stories, like when you and Willie were supposed to be working on a fence on the farm and instead were just talking, and when Evelyn appears, Willie says "...Yin she comes!!!" and the two of you start working furiously. Our days playing at the indoor with Joe and Butch in the dead of winter. I won't ever forget the time we were locked into the Standard Club at midnight, after playing your two teamates Lyons Joel and Beryl Wiener, and we had to get somebody from the clubhouse to let us out. You'll remain in my memory as one of the most gregarious and fun-loving, but also the most loyal, people I've ever known. Requiescat in pace, my dear friend. Tony

Dan Granot

January 21, 2013

Our thoughts are with the Colonel's family and friends. He will be missed.

Bernstein Funeral Home

January 21, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Tiffany Bishop

January 21, 2013

A very inspiring and great Uncle he was to me. UGA football games will never be the same. As this is heart breaking for many, I'm sure he and my daddy are already tailgating and preparing for the next football season. My prayers to all. You are very loved and missed Uncle Colonel Pound.

January 20, 2013

Merritt was a great personal friend and he will be missed. Evelyn, as you said at the visitation, remember all of the good times.

Harry & Linda Woods

Phil Byrd

January 20, 2013

Rarely in life is one introduced to a person who makes such a profound influence on so many. Colonel Pound is one of those who immediately impacted me with his kind, heartfelt welcome and strong handshake. Thank you for being a great mentor. From one brother in arms and former Det 160 Commander to another, you will be greatly missed. Ms. Evlyn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. God bless.