Visitation Information:

September 11th, 2019 at 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery and Crematory
2030 Memorial Park Road Gainesville, GA 30504

Service Information:

September 12th, 2019 at 02:00 PM
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery and Crematory
2030 Memorial Park Road Gainesville, GA 30504

Mr. Merlin H. Suggs, Sr. , 83

            Mr. Merlin H. Suggs, Sr., age 83 of Gainesville, Ga passed away on Monday September 09, 2019 at his residence following an extended illness.

            Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday September 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with interment to follow in Oakwood City Cemetery. Reverend Wayne Hicks will officiate. The family will receive friends on Wednesday September 11, 2019 from 6:00p.m. -8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

            Merlin was born on April 26, 1936 to the late E.W. “Bill” Suggs and Mary Lou Suggs of Gainesville Mill, Ga. Merlin attended Lyman Hall and Gainesville High School and was a member of the marching band. He also attended the University of Georgia and was a member of New Haven Congregational Holiness Church. Merlin served in the National Guard, worked at Nally Discount, Modern Mobile Homes, Georgia Department of Labor, Italdiamant, Billy Cain Ford and was self-employed through his own house building business, Merlin Suggs Construction, until he retired in 2007. During Retirement he traveled extensively with his wife and family until his death.

            Merlin’s pride and joy was singing gospel music. He was introduced to gospel music at an early age by his father. E.W. Suggs who had several songs published in his lifetime. One of Merlin’s favorite songs was written by his father, “Is My Lord Satisfied with Me.” Mr. Merlin’s singing began at an early age with him and his brother singing together accompanied by their father on the piano. This early singing led to a lifelong time commitment to singing gospel music. He sang with several groups including The Pilgrim Quartet, The Regents, The Masters, and The Congressman, who had several records recorded.

            Merlin is survived by his wife, Patricia Suggs, five children, Merlin Hartwell Suggs, Jr., Karen Suggs Underwood, Kitty Suggs Waldrep, Susan Suggs Turner, and Trey Hogan, 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one brother, Maurice Suggs.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.


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Cynthia L Leach 2019-09-09 21:15:15
The lord gained a precious man today.Merlin was a great person we will miss him dearly Michael & Cindy
Lisa & Patrick McInnis 2019-09-10 08:15:59
Smokey & Adele and Family Please accept our heartfelt sympathies in the passing of your father/father-in law. His memories will always stay with you and time cannot change them. If you need anything at this time please reach out to us. Prayers, hugs and all our love. The McInnis family
Sanford Colquitt 2019-09-10 12:10:34
So sorry, such a great and friendly man to me! My wife’s nephew.
Jean Chapman 2019-09-10 12:35:38
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Merlin was my cousin. We didn’t get to visit but I still love him and his family. You all will be in my prayers. Love, Jean
Laura Budd Ellington 2019-09-10 14:00:18
Wishing you all peace, comfort and healing prayers.
The Goodfellow Family 2019-09-10 14:53:18
Heaven just got a generous and lovable human beings. Our condolences to the Suggs family. Papa Suggs...our hearts ache for your family. We will cherish they many memories and stories!
Sonya Frady 2019-09-10 15:38:04
Karen, I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May God bring peace to your family during this sad time. Much love, Sonya
Belinda Dickey 2019-09-10 17:30:49
What a Beautiful Legacy he has left behind. My friend Merlin Suggs had the best bear hugs and laughter and wonderful voice singing God praises.Rest on you are now singing in the Heavenly Choir
Jack & Janet Crowder 2019-09-10 19:00:18
You will be missed our friend.
Rickey & Cathy Jarrells 2019-09-10 19:04:40
Praying for Gods grace and comfort for your family.
Susan Dodgens Roberson 2019-09-10 19:29:31
I am so very sorry for your loss he was a special man and I know he will be missed. God bless and heal you all <3
Linda Shedd 2019-09-10 20:28:26
So sorry for y’all loss but he is singing in heaven with God with no pain no sorrow praying for his family God wrap your arms them all and give them healing hearts love y’all
Paul Ross 2019-09-10 20:52:30
My deepest condolences 🙏❤️❤️
Sue C. Smith 2019-09-11 11:30:34
I was so sorry to hear of Melin’s passing. He was a wonderful friend and boss. Condolences and prayers for the family.
Josh and Lindsay Lord 2019-09-11 11:35:15
Patricia, please accept our condolences on the passing of Merlin. It was an honor to have known such a great person and we will truly miss him. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time!
Jenna Wellborn 2019-09-11 12:03:53
Prayers to Susan for losing a wonderful father and her brother and sisters. Praying for the grand kids as well because I know you loved him so much! He is no longer in pain and now has a new body! Praying peace and comfort in the coming days and weeks during this difficult time. love you guys!
Bobb&Bobbie Slaton 2019-09-11 15:52:45
So sorry to here! Loved to hear him sing!
Sandra Tatum Coley 2019-09-11 17:28:36
I knew Merlin when we were both very young in Gainesville Mill. He lived up the street from us. I was at the Dayton's house a lot and saw him a good bit. My prayers are with you and the family.
Margaret Duck 2019-09-12 05:14:08
Patricia & Family, I know your hearts are heavy today but also rejoicing. Please know you all have been in my prayers and will continue to be in the days ahead. Merlin became a sweet friend in the short time I knew him & I know he was loved by his family & will be missed. Margaret Duck
Kim Bales 2019-09-12 08:58:00
I'm so sorry for the loss of this beautiful soul. Patricia and Merlin are such a blessing to me and my family. Heaven gained an angel. I'm praying for you all.
Bill and Johnnie Sanders 2019-09-12 12:21:59
So sorry for your loss. Merlin had a great voice. Loved to hear him sing. Condolences to family .
Arlin Pitts 2019-09-13 11:00:54
So sorry to hear of Merlin's passing. He was a good friend for much of our lives.
Susie Underwood 2019-09-13 11:17:00
Dearest Mike and Karen, I’m so sorry for your loss. We’re never ready to let our Daddies go. I’ll be thinking about you and praying you up🙏🙏🙏
J Darlene Hayes 2019-09-17 21:40:47
Patricia and all her family, so sorry to hear of your lost. Just saw that Merlin walked through those pearly gates. He's well. He left a legacy. Loved to have heard him sing, but he's rejoicing now. It was always a joy to run into you both somewhere in town. Praying for comfort and peace during this time.
Jim Powell & Family 2019-09-28 20:04:49
So sorry to hear of Merlin's passing. I am sure he will be missed.
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