March 30, 1942 – May 14, 2018
Sarah Succop Merrill, known to many as “Sally” or “Sal”, passed away on May 14th, 2018, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA, at the age of 76. She had been in the hospital for ten days with pneumonia. She was born March 30th, 1942, in Houston, Texas, to William Gilbert and Gladys Marie Succop (nee Deering). She grew up as one of eleven children on her parents’ farm in Butler, Pennsylvania. While attending Winchester-Thurston, Sally was secretary and president of her high school class, and played sports (basketball and field hockey) and sang in the glee club. She got her undergraduate degree from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, in American Studies, and her Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She met her husband Arthur while at Goucher and they were married in 1964. She was a loving wife to her husband and a doting mother to her six children, and all the other children who spent many days at her house, including cousins from both sides of the family, among others. Her faith was her foundation and she constantly exuded joy everywhere she went. Her passion for life showed through in everything she did, from taking an overflowing van of kids to McDonalds to roasting the refs at her boys’ wrestling matches. Sally was a constant example of love, acceptance, and grace, immediately stimulating amenity from everyone she came in contact with. Her positivity and optimism was infectious and, of late years, she would always greet you with “God bless you”, or a rousing “Hallelujah!”. She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Arthur Jesse Merrill, Jr., and her six devoted children, Arthur (A.J.), Billy, Sarah, Beth, David, and Ben, and her daughters-in-law Jenna, Bonita, Brooke and Chrissie, and eight (almost nine) precious Merrill grandchildren, Billy, Maggie, Brazos, Sterling, Caroline, Benjamin, Sage, Nicole, and Brooks (due in July). We celebrate that she is safe in the hands of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and that she is free of any earthly cares. A private family burial was held Thursday May 16th. A celebration of life service will be held June 2nd, at Foxhall, in Douglasville, GA, at 11 a.m. If Sally touched your life, please come and celebrate her amazing life with us. (In lieu of bringing flowers or food, please donate to Atlanta Mission (atlantamission.org), Atlanta Youth Academy (www.atlantayouthacademy.com), or your favorite charity in Sal’s honor.) “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. O Lord, surely I am your servant.” – Psalm 116:15-16
- Graveside services will be private. Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
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June 13, 2018
It is difficult to express the grief and sadness I feel hearing the news of Aunt Sally's passing. I wish more than anything I could be down there to see her and the family, my family. I want you all to know that I will be there in spirit.
Aunt Sally, as I have always called her, was more than just my Aunt Sally. She was at times a mother, grandmother, and even, a friend. She was a person who loved me, cared for me, and raised me just as she did with so many others in her life. Every moment with her is one I will cherish forever.
I was asked to share my fondest memory of her, but there are too many to count: the endless movie marathons, the card and board games she somehow always managed to win, the Thanksgiving dinners, the Christmas presents, the Fourth of July BBQs, the random times we would drop in after seeing the dentist, and even the smile and laughter I had after learning about her favorite rock. But the real memory of Aunt Sally is the spirit she has passed on in her loving family. For 23 years, the Merrill family has raised me and loved me and I know that no matter what, I will be loved by all. Because of this, I know the hole in my heart will be filled.
I wish I could hear all the memories everyone is sharing at the celebration of life service, but I ask that the celebration of her life continue in the future with love of others, love of friends, love of family, and love of God.
I love each and every one of you so much and ask you follow 1 Corinthians 16:14: "Let all that you do be done in love".
June 6, 2018
Our thought are with all the Merrills on the loss of precious Sally. We will always have the fond memories of the enthusiastic wresting fan that she was. What fun we had cooking breakfast after State until Sally slipped on grease from all the bacon she was cooking for the team ! Sally had a most infectious smile and laugh. I feel privileged to have known her and all of you.