Curtis Merritt, Jr.

August 16, 1951 - May 14, 2014
Curtis Merritt, Jr.

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Curtis Merritt, Jr., SFC (Ret.), U.S. Army, 62, passed away on May 14, 2014, after a lengthy illness at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter in Wilmington. He was born August 16, 1951 in Loris, SC to Curtis Merritt, Sr. and the late Martha Cannon Merritt.

Curtis grew up in Wilmington and attended New Hanover High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and proudly served in active duty and Army Reserves until his retirement in 1993. During his service he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class and was stationed in Germany and Korea, as well as several stateside stations. Upon retirement he and his family moved home to the Wilmington area and he worked for the Department of the Army at Sunny Point, retiring from there in 2010.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, the former Nancy Winchell of Kingston, NY. He was the proud father of Brian (Heather) Merritt, Amanda (Bill) Auxier, Robert Merritt, two grandsons, Matthew and Christopher Merritt, his sister Flossie (Willie) Padgett, three nieces and several great- nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Wrightsboro Baptist Church, 2736 Castle Hayne Rd., Wilmington, NC 28401 beginning with visitation at 2:00 PM. Funeral services will be in the Chapel at 3:00 PM followed by burial with full military honors at Oleander Memorial Gardens at 4:00 PM.

The family wishes to thank Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter for their excellent and supportive care during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington NC 28401 or Wounded Warrior Project (

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  • May 19, 2014
    Coni Brandt says:
    Dear Nancy and Merritt Family, Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband. I knew him from Sunny Point but never got to truly know him. I just want you to know how proud I am that he served in the military and helped to protect me and our country and continuted with that spirit here at Sunny Point. May the Lord Bless all of you and keep you always in all ways. Sincerely, Coni Brandt Secretary to the Commander Sunny Point

  • May 16, 2014
    Aaron & Donna Huetcher says:
    Uncle Jr., You will truly be missed. One day when I get there we will watch another war movie together.

  • March 13, 2019
    Doug Slusher 1SG Ret says:
    Curt was a great friend, stationed together in Korea. cook outs and lonsome dove. rest in Gods Arms Curt. see ya on the High Ground