Mrs. Debbie Jean Merritt


Mrs. Debbie Jean Merritt of Greenwood, Florida, transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at her residence.

Mrs. Merritt was a member of the New Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from Federal Correction Institution – Marianna.

A graveside Homegoing Celebration of Life for Mrs. Debbie Jean Merritt will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the cemetery of Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 4194 Union Road in Marianna, Florida where the Reverend Hollis McClendon is the pastor. Minister Maurice Herring, Reverend Robert Wooden, Reverend Kevin Williams, Reverend Ruben Merritt, Minister Hardy Hill, and Reverend Gregory Gathers (pastor) officiating. Vann Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

A viewing will held on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM the chapel of Vann Funeral Home.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all state and local guidelines for social distancing will be practiced for the safety of the public and especially the bereaved family. All who attend are required to wear masks and socially distance.

Mrs. Merritt leaves to cherish a lifetime of fond, precious memories a loving family:
One Son: Douglas Merritt of Greenwood, Florida
Two Daughters: Muriel (K.J.) Merritt of Pace, Florida; and Brandi Merritt of Greenwood, Florida
Children She Raised as Her Own: (two sons) Jean Little of Marianna, Florida and Donald Sparks of Marianna, Florida; (two daughters) Miracle Cook and Odessey Cook both of Greenwood, Florida
Four Brothers: Wayne McClennon of Shippenburg, Pennsylvania; Aaron McClennon of College Park, Georgia; Clyde McClennon (Ola) of Greenwood, Florida; Tommie McClennon of Greenwood, Florida
Uncle: James Chambers (Doris) of Tallahassee, Florida
Five Grandchildren: Makayla Crews, Reed Merritt, Maddilyn Mount, Kenton Mount, and Kylie Mount
Goddaughter: Adria Clark
Special Friends: Reverend Ruben Merritt, Sandra Pollock, Regena Herring, Cassandra McCray, and Mary Clark
And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.


  1. Debbie was a beautiful lady and a joy to know! We knew each other since I was in elementary school and she always treated us like family! I send my sincerest sympathy to her children and grandchildren and her family! God bless you all and find comfort in the fact that she is no longer in pain.

  2. Debbie and I knew each other since childhood. We really became close friends in middle school. Her children became my God children. Even though we did not speak daily, when we saw each other, it was always reunion time (Couldn’t stop us from talking)!.. Beautiful Spirit and Soul. Fly High my sister, you have gained your WINGS!!!


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