George Everd Mercer, 91 years and 8 months, of Southern Road, Cartersville, Ga., passed from this earthly plain after midnight, February 18, 2019, after a lengthy illness. George was born June 9, 1927, in Conehatta, Ms., to George Langston Mercer and Mary Allie Mercer both originally from Mississippi. He was the next oldest of eight siblings. He was married to Mary Alice Lochridge in 1946 after his leaving the Marine Corp. He is preceded in death by Mary Alice and Doris Patterson Southern, his beloved second wife and brothers, Willard Norman, Herbert Timothy (minister), Marvin Samuel and Allie Langston (Barbara) Mercer and Ray Southern. He is survived by his beloved brothers, Bennie Joe (Grace), Linn Bernard (Martha) and his beautiful baby sister, Florence Mercer (Lamar) Starnes.
He leaves one daughter, Norma Mercer Bohannon (Jerry) of Cartersville and one son, George Langston Mercer II of Rome, Ga. One granddaughter, Bronwen (Wendy) Mercer Richardson (Steve) of Roswell, Ga., and one grandson, Chadwick Winfield Bohannon (Amanda) of Madison, Al.. A great granddaughter, Jillian Grace Bohannon and three great grandsons, Samuel Mercer Richardson, Aaron Thomas and Wyatt Alexander Bohannon. He leaves a step daughter-in-law, Sandra Southern and three very special stepsons, Steve (Debra), Glenn and most of all Jeff (Anne) Southern who lovingly, selflessly and tirelessly cared for him to the end. Five step grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; 6 step great great-grandchildren; special friends, Vince Stewart and Denise Martin.
George was a man of many talents. His daughter often said that there was nothing he couldn’t do from engineering a nine horse, air conditioned trailer from his own diagram when working for Roy Davis Chevrolet (from 1960 to 1977) in Calhoun, Ga., to showing his wife and daughter how to knit after reading the instructions and then making a complete baby outfit. He was most of all an automobile mechanic working from 1946 to 1960 for Petit and Jenkins Chrysler Plymouth who could just listen to a running car and know what was wrong and fix it, he was an expert body man. After his wife Mary died he married his beloved wife Doris and worked for the City of Cartersville in Public Works Greenhouse until he retired. He was a carver and builder of precious things just to give away. George loved working with his hands and loving those near him with all of his heart. He was a nurturer of plants and people, a gentle loving soul who was a caring praying man always praying for those who were sick and afflicted. He was a faithful member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.
A Celebration of live service will be conducted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at twelve o’clock in the afternoon at Zion Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Edwards, Rev. Earl Abernathy and Rev. Jonathan Padgett officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in-state from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the church.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will include Chad Bohannon, Sam Richardson, Tony Southern, Matthew Southern, Brian Southern and Kenny Lowery.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to Zion Hill Baptist Church.
Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to sign the online guest register and leave condolences for the family.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, Ga., is honored to serve the family of George Everd Mercer.