Robert Graham ‘Bobby’ Merritt II, 79, enjoyed drag racing and tournament fishing,

Robert Graham ‘Bobby’ Merritt II

SCOTTS HILL — Robert Graham “Bobby” Merritt II, 79, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, to join his parents, Annabell Rice and Robert G. Merritt; wife, Linda Barefoot Merritt; and sister, Janet Turner, in the arms of the Lord.

Bobby was born Nov. 17, 1941, in Wilmington. He leaves behind his brother, Mike (Rita) Merritt of Wrightsville Beach; beloved daughters, Michelle Merritt Mazur (Robert) of Elizabethtown, Nicole Merritt Landry (Pat) of Greensboro and Lisa Shipp Register of Wilmington; brother-in-law, Paul Turner of Wilmington; seven grandchildren, Jordan, Jared, Jacob, Lindsay, Cory, Cameron and Krystina; four great-grandchildren, Jamison, Mila, Nash, and Ethan, along with his father, Mike Willis, and furry friend “Chipper,” of the home; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bobby was a graduate of New Hanover High School, Class of 1959, after which, he joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany until he returned home and began his long career with Southern Bell until retirement. His life was full of his passions in hunting, drag racing, tournament fishing, boat racing and engine building…enjoyed with his brother, Mike, while listening to “golden oldies.”

A graveside service and tribute parade of fellow classic car friends will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to your favorite charity.

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