Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine St, Columbia, SC


Olive Johnston Merritt

October 18, 1918August 29, 2019

COLUMBIA - Olive Johnston Merritt, daughter of the late Dr. John Blassingame Johnston and Alma McCoy Johnston, died Thursday, August 29, 2019. She was born October 18, 1918 in St. George, SC. After graduating from Furman University, she married James Osmond Merritt, Jr. of Greenville, SC in 1938. They were married for 69 years before his death in 2007. Olive and James were charter members of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church.

She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James, her brothers, and a sister. She is survived by her sons, Dr. James O. Merritt III (Ginny) of Myrtle Beach, SC and Robert Johnston Merritt (Faye) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; her grandsons, Dr. James O. Merritt IV (Jennifer), Dr. William M. Merritt (Nikki), Dr. Robert S. Merritt (Kelli), Robert J. Merritt Jr., and Michael D. Merritt (Jaime); and her great-grandchildren, Kai, Aiden, Olivia, McIver, JuliAnna, Jenna, Amelia, and Eliza.

Memorials may be made to Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204 or a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:15 until 2:15 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019


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Pam Whitaker Dhamer

September 11, 2019

I so saddened to hear of the death of Mrs.Merritt. What great friends she and Mr. Merritt were of my parents, Frances and Whit Whitaker!
We had such wonderful times at the lake and the beach.
My condolences are with the Merritt family.

Sandra Whitaker/Hipp

September 9, 2019

You don’t know me but my parents were good friends of the Merritt’s. They were Frances and Whit Whitaker. After mother got sick I served many dinners to the “bridge club”. The Merritt were always the nicest couple and Mrs Merritt was was so kind to my sister Pam and me when our parents died. I will remember her fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Ann Blencowe

September 8, 2019

My family’s first home was next to the Merritt’s on Alston Rd. I recall visiting with Mrs Merritt on many occasions from age 3 to 6 when we moved to a much needed larger home for our family of six. She was always so kind to me often offering me cookies and milk in her kitchen as her sons played basketball outside the screen door. Such wonderful times! I’ve thought of her over the years wondering what happened to her and family.
I’m sorry to hear of her passing but glad she lived so long!

Carolyn Feagin

September 4, 2019

Bobby, I am very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. I pray for God's strength during this difficult time. In Christian love, Carolyn Feagin