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Granville Lee Mercer

Nov 20, 2020

Granville Lee Mercer, 81, of Shenandoah Junction, WV, died Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at Winchester Medical Center in Virginia.

He was born on August 3, 1939 to Elizabeth J. Mercer Watson and Silas Jackson (John) Mercer.

He and his wife, Joan, were high school sweethearts, and graduates of the Shepherdstown High School Class of 1957. They were married August 9, 1958. He started his career in the grocery industry, first working at Safeway and later opening his own store, Mercer’s Grocery, in Shenandoah Junction from 1963 to 1967. He left to pursue a career at Mack Trucks in Hagerstown, where he worked for nearly 35 years before retiring in 2001. Throughout his entire career, he never missed a day of work-a true testament to his work ethic and character.

He was an active member of Grace Baptist Church; he loved Jesus and his family. He was a Mason. He is also well remembered as a faithful volunteer and chaperone with the Jefferson Cougar Band starting in the late 1970s when his children were part of the program and continued to help until after his grandchildren graduated in the mid 2010s. He is remembered for supplying corn on the cob for the band students during their band camp during the last few years.

He is survived by his wife Joan, of 62 years; their two children, Kenneth Mercer of Baltimore and Deborah Park and her husband, Michael Park of Ranson; five grandchildren, Melissa Overton, Ryan Mercer, Nick Mercer, Carolyn Park, and Anna Park; five great-grandchildren, Jack Overton, Ella Overton, Emily Overton, Matilda Mercer and Lillian Mercer; his stepmother, Josephine Mercer; and his sister, Barbara Richardson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, at The Melvin T Strider Funeral Home, 310 S. Fairfax Blvd, Ranson WV. Visitation will be from 6- 8 p.m., on Friday, November 20, at the funeral home. Burial will be a private family ceremony at Pleasant View Memory Garden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either Grace Baptist Church, or the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation.

Those who are attending will be required to wear a face covering and observe COVID-19 restrictions.

Please view his obituary and sign the online guest registry at www.mtstrider.com.