Merle Lodge Porter, 82, of Pelham, Georgia died Friday, July 10, 2020 at her home. Merle was born December 17, 1937 to Rufus L. and Audrey Godwin Lodge in Mitchell County, Georgia. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Pelham where she served on many committees including Financial Committee. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She worked for Family Bank in Pelham for many years and then retired from the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 59 years Andrew Jackson Porter, her brother Morris L. Lodge, her daughter Tesa Porter Barron and her granddaughter Maria Johnson. She is survived by her daughter Carol Ann Porter Elrod and her husband Steve Elrod, her grandchildren Jennifer Elrod and John Rufus Barron and her great granddaughter Chloe Johnson. Visitation will be held at Willis-Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home from 2 – 3 pm on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM in the Chapel with a private interment at Pinecrest Memory Gardens. Rev. Matt Peek will officiate. Billy Faircloth, Jimmy Godwin, Gene Willis, Lee Flynt, Mike Dekle and Ike Godwin will serve as pallbearers. John Rich and John Butler will serve as honorary pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society and First Baptist Church in Pelham.
Services will be live streamed on Willis-Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home facebook page. Social distancing will be required.