19 May 2018 20:16 น. Rowlett, World War I ,

Thomas Newell Merritt, another Dallas County lad who gave his life for his country will be laid at rest Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, not far from Rowlett. The soldier for whom the final services are to be held Sunday is Thomas N. Merritt, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Merritt of Rowlett. A detail from the John W. Low Post, American Legion, will attend the service and help pay the last respects to the young man who died in the cause of his country. According to advises received by relatives, the body will reach Rowlett Saturday evening. It will be taken to the family home and held there until the services Sunday afternoon.

Thomas N. Merritt, WW I

Thomas N. Merritt, WW I

Thomas was 21 years of age when he was called to fight for his country. He went overseas as a private in Company F, 169th Infantry of the Nineteenth Division. He was killed in the drive made on the Argonne Forest on September 26, 1918, almost three years to the day that his last rites are to be held at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Guy Newman, son of Dr. G. W. Newman of Garland, was with the young soldier when he received the wound that caused his death. Thomas N. Merritt was born at Rowlett and lived all his life in that community until he entered the service at the call of his country. Besides his mother and father he is survived by four brothers and two sisters, all of whom reside in the neighborhood of Rowlett.

Born at the old homeplace on April 27, 1896 which is located at the corner of Merritt and Liberty Grove Roads. He was killed in action on September 26, 1918. Buried at Pleasant Valley in September of 1921. Survived by his parents Robert N. and Udorah Flowers Merritt, brothers, Walter Ray; Charles Clifton; Oscar; Bobbie, and Frank, sisters, Nettie A. and Beulah Mae Merritt.

His story was printed in the Rowlett section of the Garland newspaper during September, 1921. Additional Rowlett history can be found here.