Merle Bass Obituary, Death – Merle Ann Byrd passed away on December 6, 2022, in Macon, Georgia, a few days before she would have turned 78 years old. Her passing is lamented by countless generations of friends and family members. Merle’s birthplace was Philadelphia, and she arrived in Macon, Georgia, on December 23, 1944. This was just in time for her to meet Marshall, the man who would become her life partner. They spent the last 59 years of their lives producing five children, 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
The kind and selfless life that Merle led was made better by the generosity, elegance, and brilliance of her friend Merle. She devoted almost half of her life to serving the Lord at Wesley United Methodist Church, beginning when the congregation was still called 2nd Street Methodist and had services in the downtown area. She was the church’s pianist and choir director for a good portion of her life there. Merle was an important member of the Wesley congregation. She led a Bible study for women for twenty years and volunteered in a variety of other capacities.
Merle was devoted to her church, and her memory will be preserved in the way that it continues to serve the local community.
The most important thing to Merle is his family. Her thoughtfulness and charity have served as a model for all of her offspring, including her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She instilled in all of us a deep love and devotion for our families, be they blood-related or chosen. Merle made the decision to prioritize his family, generosity, and love.
Her children include Sharon Wolfe of Macon, Georgia Tammy Fletcher of Mequon, Wisconsin Lisa Curl of Clover, South Carolina (whose husband’s name is Todd), and Shawn Byrd of Byron, Georgia (whose spouse’s name is Christa). She is a great-grandmother to six, in addition to having ten grandkids. Her husband, Marshall, as well as her parents, Ethyl and Wayne Lundry, passed away before she did.
Merle Ann Byrd is kind. She will be remembered by her family’s laughter, jokes, singing, and cornbread dressing. They will all cherish those memories. She made the world a better place. This next Friday, the 16th of December, at 10:00 a.m. Visitation. Wesley United Methodist Church in Macon can be found at 4256 Hartley Bridge Rd and services start at 11 a.m. Her burial will take place in the Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Macon.