Charles Wayne Merritt

April 4, 1952 - April 10, 2024
Charles Wayne Merritt

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Charles Wayne Merritt, age 72, of Wilmington, NC, passed away on April 10, 2024. He was born on April 4, 1952, in Columbus County, NC.

Charles dedicated over 40 years of his life as the owner of Wayne Merritt Heating and Air services, serving Southeastern NC with pride and dedication. He was a skilled professional who made a lasting impact on his community.

In his leisure time, Charles found joy in hunting and fishing, activities that brought him closer to many individuals. He was a loving brother to Johnny Ray Henson and Joseph Donald Henson Jr., and his presence will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

Proudly, Charles was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Mechanized Cavalry, organizations that held special significance to him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Fairfax Henson, and raised proudly by Joseph Donald Henson, along with a brother, James Henson.

Charles is survived by his brothers, Johnny Ray Henson and Joseph Donald Henson Jr., who will cherish his memory forever.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Saturday April 13, 2024 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel, Wilmington, NC

A graveside service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:00 AM on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at 2202 Wrightsville Ave STE 111, Wilmington, NC 28403.

May Charles Wayne Merritt rest in peace, his legacy living on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

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  • April 15, 2024
    Shelley Riggs says:
    Mr Merritt was my Air guy for many many years.He made time for me when after he worked a long HOT day he came out to fix my broken air cond because we had a little baby.That little baby is 33 now. My whole family thought a lot of Mr. Merritt.RIP

  • April 15, 2024
    Jane W Davis says:
    I was a HVAC client of Wayne's for many years. He was kind, knowledgeable and honest. May he rest in peace.

  • April 14, 2024
    Josh Dove says:
    I remember meeting Charles Wayne with my gram, Jeanette Thut. Prayers from our family, including Charles Wayne’s Cousin and my Mother, Kathy.

  • April 13, 2024
    Jimmy Fergus says:
    Wayne was a great guy and friend. So sorry for the loss.

  • April 13, 2024
    Dawn Lash says:
    Thank you so much for sharing that video of Wayne’s life. It was very well compiled and the words remind us that Wayne is in a better place now, and free from health issues. It also reminds us that all of our lives are leading down the same road one day, and that we should value our remaining days and be ready for hereafter. I am comforted knowing he had his faith in the correct place.