Donald A. Merrell

May 21, 2013

Beloved Father, Grandfather, Friend

CANTON — Donald Allen Merrell, 65, of 479 Burnette Cove Road, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013, at The Homestead.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, he was the son of the late Chandler Valgene and Billie Maxine Roman Merrell.  Don attended high school in Oxnard, California, and played on a state championship football team.  He also attended community college in Oxnard and served in the U.S. Navy Reserve during the Vietnam Era.  He became interested in glass blowing and secured an apprenticeship with Gene Boutz, a German master glass blower in Claremont, Florida.  Don had resided in Haywood County since 1995 and was the owner and operator of Incentives for Excellence, specializing in awards and recognitions.  He was an active member of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church and was instrumental in the SALT (Sound and Lighting Technology) Team for his church.  Don was also an avid photographer and gardener.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Caroline Celia Merrell; three daughters, Megan Neal, and husband, Clyde, and Elisha Deaver, and husband, Jacob, of Clyde, and Brooke Fish, and husband, Bucky, of Canton; five sons, Bill Lorber, and wife, Diana, of Dallas, Texas, Mark Merrell, and wife, Danielle, of Emerald Isle, Jonathan Merrell, and wife, Anna Kate, of Pensacola, Florida, David Merrell, and fiancée, Savannah Swanner, of Waynesville, and Joshua Merrell, of Waynesville; two sisters, Patty Anne Suppé, and husband, Charlie, of Norco, California, and Angel Seibert, and husband, Bud, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; three brothers, Greg Merrell, and wife, Linda, and Robert “Bobby” Merrell, and wife, Jill, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Gary Merrell, and wife, Theresa, of Emerald Isle; mother-in-law, Trudy Rapp, of Clyde; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Dr. Charles W. “Chuck” Wilson II, Leyton Alan Mears and Woody Adams officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville.

Memorials may be made to Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church Praise and Worship Team, P.O. Box 459, Lake Junaluska, NC  28745.

An online memorial register is available at

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.