Earl Van Mercer, 86, having
completed his earthly journey and leaving behind every struggle departed
this life to join his Lord and waiting loved ones in his Eternal home on
Wednesday January 2, 2019, at the Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Mercer was born
a son of William Jennings Bryan Mercer and Vergie Eugenia Palmer Mercer
on February 5, 1932 at the homestead in Georgetown. Van began a lifelong
battle with Epilepsy in his childhood, which often hindered but never stop
him physically or spiritually. It is not well known but he at one time
played high school football. He was educated in the Georgetown County School
District. He became an overcomer succeeding when others would have failed.
Van worked alongside his father on the family farm in the Oak Grove Community
of Georgetown County. At the age of 11, he dedicated his life to the Lord
completely. He was a lifetime faithful member of the Georgetown First Assembly
of God where he was active in many ministries including Sunday School and
Adult Choir. Van was an expressive person and wrote many songs and poems.
He made it his lifelong purpose to share the salvation message with others.
His troubles may have been many and his steps may have been often difficult,
but his faith, strength and courage molded him into the epitome of an overcomer.
“He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and
he shall be My son.” Revelation 21:7
He is survived by
his younger sister, Vera Mae Mercer Goff, as well as, many loving nieces
and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and two older siblings,
John Thomas Mercer and Annie Belle Mercer Smith.
A Home Going Celebration
will be 2 PM, Sunday, January 6, 2019, at the Georgetown First Assembly
of God. Officiating will be the Rev. Dean Baber.
The Mercer family
will receive family and friends immediately after the service in the church
Mr. Mercer will be
laid to rest privately beside his parents in the Oak Grove United Methodist
Church Cemetery directed by the Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
McKenzie Funeral Home
is honored the serve the Mercer family.