to John Henry Merriweather
by Michael L Merriweather
move a rock that
so big for
tugged… alas… to
no avail !!
Finally, feeling defeated, the boy
this struggle from
son’s determination. He went
his son and
asked him, “what’s
boy replied, “you see, Father, I have
asked, “Son, are you sure
face, he loudly
proclaimed, “YES, FATHER, I
tenderly, “no, my son,
you have not tried EVERYTHING!
me for MY help.
have done all we think
do, we must
for help, for
to be , above all,
MAN!! My dad
to be someone
and pushing me
my mom every
got… but I
daddy!! He would, of
I was averaging
would say, “You
did okay… but
YOU CAN DO BETTER!!”
prouder… I said to myself, “I’ve
said, “HEY DAD!
I got 2
THE WEEK!!!!” I was
I awaited his
said, “That’s not
too bad, Son, matter of
pretty good… BUT YOU CAN
me. Just that
me to rest on
me to continue to
and no matter how
got, he wanted
WANT to do
better. He did
at the accomplishments this
man made, but rather on
could become!!…. and
by the Pittsburgh Steelers…
Joy… elation… and a great
to the Pro-Bowl. Being drafted
thing, but to
Pro Bowl, you have
someone special… you have to
be strong, you
be very good… and you
I asked God, “Lord… why did
to me, “MICHAEL!
see, my child, I am
Merriweather is MY
to me, “You
Someone kind, gentle, loving
and patient. And
Michael, not to worry,
on the STARTING
TEAM! You and
meantime, look up, I’m here!
Look up! Look to
Jesus, the author,
will perform it
of Jesus Christ.”
physical inheritance. He
lot of money
wealth. What he
in me forgiveness, patience, long-suffering
tender heart. He
to love Jesus
I HAVE INHERITED and
John Newton c1770
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
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legend and All-Pro Linebacker.
John Henry Merriweather
on October 12, 1923 in Trenton, Kentucky to Milton Elijah and Flossie Clarke
Merriweather. He was the second of seven children in this loving family. He
was called home on June 3, 2001.
John’s family moved to Pembroke, Kentucky where he
committed his life to Christ and was baptized a very early age. He was a
distinguished graduate of Crispus Attucks High School and attended West
Kentucky Junior College.
Vallejo, California became his final home where he and his
wife raised six children. He was a member of St. Mark’s Baptist Church in
Vallejo under the leadership of Pastor Herbert Bell and served on the Trustee
John choose to support our nation’s defense by joining the
United States Navy at age 19. In his 22-year career with the Navy, John
achieved many accomplishments and noteworthy awards including becoming the
Navy’s first Black Boiler Chief while serving on the USS Hancock.
After leaving the Navy, he made a career working at Unocal
for 18 years. He was associated with the VFW, the American Legion, The Elks,
The Fleet Reserve Association, and was a member of the East Bay Bowling Club.
He also contributed to many charities.
He loved all sports and found a special love for fishing and
bowling. One of the highlights of his life was following the professional
career of his son, Michael Merriweather, who played with the Pittsburgh
Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings. In addition to being active in the
community, John dedicated much of his retirement years to his family –
specifically spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren.
Inheriting John’s passion for Christ and his
legacy of love are: his wife Doris; his sisters Ernestine, Pearl, Barbara and
Mary ("Maggie") and his brother Luther; his sons Darrell, Leonard,
David and Michael, his daughters Ye’Von and Audrey and their mother Alma;
his stepchildren Mart, Byron and Teresa; and a host of loving cousins, nieces,
nephews, grandchildren and devoted friends.
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