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Celebrating the life of
Dr. George Jefferson Merriman, Jr.
December 15, 1914 - December 11, 2014
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 2:00pm - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church
  • 4900 Jackwood (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77096

I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

Marianne and family, Our thoughts are with you today and in the coming days. There is never a good time to loose a parent. They should always be there for us. Your Dad was an amazing man. He had an inner strength and resilience. His life is an example for all of us in how to be a spouse, family member, good citizen,and human being. Please extend our condolences to your Mom. Lovingly Faye and Richard

Faye and Richard Byrd , Boulder , CO

Dear Marian, I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. I met him briefly many years back in Houston, and even in the short encounter I could tell he had a wonderful heart. Love and prayers for you and all those you love, Cliff and Bonnie plus Sara Pryor

Cliff Bonnie and Sara Pryor, Austin, TX

We are sad to learn of your sweet dad's death this week. He was accomplished, humble, and generous with others over a long and meaningful life. And he was very lucky to have two loving daughters like you and Rachel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Patty and Bob

Patty and Bob Mahlstedt, Houston, Texas

Dear Marian, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My prayers are with you and your family. You know that I love you. I had every intention of going to his service when the time came. But at this time, I just can't come. I am coming on Saturday and we would like to have a visit with you then, maybe go to lunch. Let me know if this would work for you. Love & prayers to you and family.

Melva Turner, Rockport, Tx

George Jefferson Merriman, Jr. passed away peacefully on Thursday, the 11th of December 2014, at the age of 99, four days short of his 100th birthday. He and his wife Lorwen enjoyed 77 wonderful years together; they were a superb team! Devoted to their family, their children include: Rachel Frazier and husband Bud, Marian Bryant and husband Bruce, and George Merriman, III, and wife Mary (both deceased). Their grandchildren include: Todd Frazier and wife Jennifer, Allison Balser and husband Eli, Dylan Bryant, Austin Bryant (deceased), Katherine Bryant, Eli Merriman and wife MaryAnn, and Isaac Merriman. Their great grandchildren include: Mac, Kenzie, Abraham, Ruth, Jasper, Shiloh, Savannah, and Joshua. Their nieces and nephews are Connie Nagle, Kay Harris (deceased), Helen Matthews, Carroll Matthews, Tim Matthews and Dick Matthews (deceased).

George was born on the 15th of December 1914 in Corpus Christi, Texas to his loving parents, Gem and George J. Merriman. He grew up in Corpus with his two younger sisters, Beatrice and Cornelia, both deceased, and an extended family of relatives and friends. Living near the bay, they enjoyed many adventures--fishing, swimming, sailing, hiking, and searching for treasures among the sand dunes.

While attending Corpus Christi High School, he worked as a farm hand during the summers. After graduation, he and a cousin worked their way to Europe on a freighter. Upon returning, he enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin where he became a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He met Lorwen in front of the chemistry building, and it was love at first sight. They married in 1937 in Fort Worth and forever afterwards referred to each other as “Kids”.

George graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1940 when the campus was still in Dallas, and afterwards served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. After the war he and Lorwen came to Houston for a refresher course for doctors returning from military service, and decided to make Houston their home. George opened his practice in general medicine in 1947 and soon partnered with his long-time colleague and friend Dr. Ozora Young. His commitment to medicine as well as his devotion to his patients and their families touched many generations of lives during his practice.

George was a founding member of the medical staff of St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital when it was built in 1954 and served as Chief of General Practice from 1956-1970. He was active in establishing both the Houston Academy of General Practice in 1958 and the Houston Academy of Family Practice in 1971. He was also a member of the Clinical Faculty and a Professor of Family Practice at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition he was a member of Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, and American Academy of Family Physicians. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992 and was inducted into the Jaworski Society in 2004. He also felt honored to serve as a board member for OmniBank for over 50 years.

In spite of his many accomplishments and honors, he remained a kind and humble man with an appreciation for the simple things in life—he loved reading (especially history and poetry), gardening, farming, woodworking, and spending time with family and close friends.

The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Joni Milton, Helen Rector, Shemica Perrino, Jamie Williams, Lorraine Humes, Dr. Sarah Selleck and the Houston Hospice team for their compassionate care and to Gladis Lopez and Benita Barboza for their loyalty and devotion. We also give special thanks to the officers and staff of OmniBank for whom George had the deepest respect, to Herb Lesser for his friendship and guidance, and to his farming partners: the Pustejovsky family, Richard Lowman, Larry McNair, the Lambert family, and the Taylor family for their dedication over the years.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 17th of December, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 4900 Jackwood in Houston, where George and Lorwen have been members since 1956. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family for a reception and a celebration of his life.
At a later date, the family will gather for a burial at Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, Texas.

For those desiring, contributions in memory of George may be made to the George J. and Lorwen Merriman Scholarship Fund, Baylor College of Medicine, Office of Philanthropy, MSC #800, P.O. Box 4976, Houston, TX, 77210; or to American Festival for the Arts, Attn: Scholarship Fund, 1718 A Lubbock, Houston, TX, 77007.

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I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

Marianne and family, Our thoughts are with you today and in the coming days. There is never a good time to loose a parent. They should always be there for us. Your Dad was an amazing man. He had an inner strength and resilience. His life is an example for all of us in how to be a spouse, family member, good citizen,and human being. Please extend our condolences to your Mom. Lovingly Faye and Richard

Faye and Richard Byrd , Boulder , CO

Dear Marian, I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. I met him briefly many years back in Houston, and even in the short encounter I could tell he had a wonderful heart. Love and prayers for you and all those you love, Cliff and Bonnie plus Sara Pryor

Cliff Bonnie and Sara Pryor, Austin, TX

We are sad to learn of your sweet dad's death this week. He was accomplished, humble, and generous with others over a long and meaningful life. And he was very lucky to have two loving daughters like you and Rachel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Patty and Bob

Patty and Bob Mahlstedt, Houston, Texas

Dear Marian, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My prayers are with you and your family. You know that I love you. I had every intention of going to his service when the time came. But at this time, I just can't come. I am coming on Saturday and we would like to have a visit with you then, maybe go to lunch. Let me know if this would work for you. Love & prayers to you and family.

Melva Turner, Rockport, Tx


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