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Merle S. Elliott




It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Merle Elliott. He was the son of the late Brant and Lydia Elliott. He was preceded in death by his wife Joann on July 5, 2001.

Surviving him are a special grandson David (DR) Risser and wife Laura and daughter Judi Wilson and husband Les. In addition he is survived by two great grandsons and two great-great grandsons; brothers Ralph and his wife Mary Jo and Ray and his wife Bonnie, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He served our country in the US Army during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge he was awarded the Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and  Korean Service Medal. Merle truly loved his community and was a member of and served on the board of many organizations too numerous to mention.

In 1963 he, along with his partner Earl Smith, founded Smith Elliott Company, a regional CPA firm. After his "retirement" in 1995 he continued to volunteer his vast knowledge with community organizations. He received numerous awards for his efforts.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Homewood at Williamsport for their excellent care during the 5 years of his residence.

Due to the current Corona virus, burial will be private. A memorial service to honor this exceptional man will be held at a later date.

Should you wish, memorial donations may be made to the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. 37 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

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Merle will be remembered for his service on the Board of Hagerstown Community College from 1986 forward, He made many important contributions to the College and the Elliot Business Training Center is named for him. Thank you Merle for your work with the College. Vaughn Crowl, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Choral Music and Leadership Studies

Vaughn Crowl
New Smyrna Beach, FL

One of the best and most brilliant human beings I’ve ever known. He made a huge impact in my life and left many legacies. You will never be forgotten, Mr. Elliott. ❤️

Anna Pennesi
Murfreesboro, TN

Merle S. Elliott was a true hero of America's forgotten victory- the Korean War. Though not a member of Antietam Chapter 312 Korean War Veterans Association, nevertheless we condole with you on your loss. Charles L. Mobley, Jr. Past Commander

Charles Mobley
Hagerstown, Maryland

My condolences to Mr.Elliott’s entire family. He was a very special man to all and a very close friend of everyone in my family. So many wonderful memories and so much loved shared between us from the time I was 13 years old. Rest In Peace dear friend you will be missed.

Gwen Psillas Hoffman
Hagerstown , MD

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rick & Diane Michael
Hagerstown, Maryland

We loved you Merle.

Ray and Bonnie Elliott
Sarasota, FloridaMerle

Deepest condolences to the family.

Ronnie and Lee Ann Forbus
High Springs, FL

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