Lonetta R. Merritt, 80

Lonetta R. Merritt, 80 of Elkhorn City, KY passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at her residence. Lonetta was a member of the Elkhorn City Baptist Church, KY Retired Teachers Association, Pike County Retired Teachers Association, Elkhorn City Area Homemakers & The Elkhorn City Heritage Council. Lonetta was born May 28, 1937 at Harless Creek, KY to the late Lon Rowe & Flossie Coleman Rowe. In addition to her parents, Lonetta was preceded in death by her husband, F. M. Merritt. Lonetta is survived by one son, Perry Neil Merritt of Elkhorn City, KY; one daughter, Debra Merritt of Dandridge, TN; one grandchild, Terence Merritt; two step-grandchildren, Adam Ward & Aaron Ward; and three great-grandchildren, Teegan Merritt, Sophia Kate Ward & Eli James Ward. Visitation will be from 6-10PM Wednesday, May 2 & Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with services nightly at 7PM. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11AM from the chapel with Aaron Butler officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville, KY.


  1. Vivian Sloan says

    So sorry to hear of Lonetta’s passing. She, Jackie Kerr and I walked together many years ago. I really liked her. She was a great lady. My deepest Condolences to the family. R.I.P. Lonetta!

  2. ron-debbielooney says

    so sorry for your loss it is the very hardest thing to give up your mother and mamaw our thoughts and prayers are with you both love ya Perry and Terence
    from Ron Keith and Debbie
    hold on to your memories and she will always be with you in your hearts she loved you with all her heart

  3. Sandra Jackson says

    Perry and Debbie, so sorry to hear of your Mamma’s passing, Was always planning to come visit but never did. I just want you both to know how much I loved F.M. and Lonetta. Prayers for your comfort. Love Sandie

  4. Gary Blair says

    Our hearts and prayers go out to all,
    We will all miss our Aunt Lonetta,
    Thank God for blessing us with her
    And let her now Rest In Peace.

    Gary and Billie Blair

  5. Bill and Diana Tipton says

    Lonetta and F. M. were great neighbors for a long time. Sorry for the passing of both of these wonderful people. Love and Prayers for all the family.


    Always LOVED Lonetta and FM growing up they both were so GOOD to me and I’ll ALWAYS treasure the memories of them. R. I. P. to one of the SWEETEST, LOVING person I’ve ever known.

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