William “Jay” Mercer, 30, of Rocky Mount, NC passed away April 27, 2018 at his home, in Rougemont, NC. Jay and his family had just celebrated his mother’s fifty-fifth birthday the day before his death.
William Floyd Mercer, III graced the world with his presence January 28, 1988 at Womack Army Medical Center (Cumberland County). Born to Yolanda Pittman Mercer and William Floyd Mercer, Jr., Jay later legally changed his name to William “Jay” Mercer.
Jay graduated from Northern Nash High School in 2006, and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2011. Jay was a VBF Maintenance Lead Technician at MERCK & Co. in Durham, NC. Work was a hobby for Jay as he would often practice and troubleshoot issues at home to be better prepared for work.
Jay was laid-back and low-key; however, he was extremely intense - he worked and loved hard. Resilient and persistent, he would always bounce up and try again until the task was accomplished. At a very young age, he began trying to determine how everything worked and operated. Jay was inquisitive and loved learning. He would always take things apart to see if he could put it back together. Somehow he would always end up using few pieces/parts to put it back together, but he could always get it (whatever it was) to work.
Keen on family, Jay’s fondest memories are with his nieces and nephews, cousins, siblings, and his mother. Born prematurely, Jay proved his toughness and ability to fight at a young age. An avid music lover, he wrote and dedicated several songs to his mother - whom he spent a lot of time with and loved deeply and dearly. His laugh was infectious and his smile contagious.
Jay is preceded in death by: his maternal grandmother (Maggie Ree Parker); maternal grandfather (Theodore Roosevelt Pittman); paternal grandfather (William Floyd Mercer, Sr.); aunt (Carolyn Braswell); uncle (Robert Lucas); uncle (Roosevelt Whitehead); cousin (Marvin Rashard Braswell); cousin (Marcel Dionte Mercer).
Jay is survived by: his son Zion Cash Mercer (expected date of arrival is May 7, 2018); his step-son (Joe’ll Truth); his loving mother (Yolanda Pittman Mercer); father (William Floyd Mercer, Jr.); brothers (Terrance Mercer, LaDerrick Pittman, Tony Pittman, and Dennis Battle); sisters (Shaquita Renee Basemore and Tenika Shaunell Mercer); nieces (Brittany Monae Mercer and Rakeema Lanay Mercer); nephew (Terrell Jayvon Mercer); great-nephew (Logan Latrell Mercer); paternal grandmother (Laura Virginia Mercer); a best friend/brother (Anthony “Amp” Taylor); and a host of other nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, co-workers, and friends.
A Visitation for Mr. Mercer will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Friday, May 4, 2018, in the Rocky Mount Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Word Tabernacle Church, 821 Word Plaza, in Rocky Mount, NC. The Interment will take place immediately after the Service in Impact Pointe Cemetery in Rocky Mount, NC.
These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 325 Nash Street in Rocky Mount, NC.
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H.D. Pope Funeral Home Rocky Mount
Friday May 4th, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
325 Nash Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Word Tabernacle Church
Saturday May 5th, 2018
820 Word Plaza
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Saturday May 5th, 2018
9041 West Mount Drive
Rocky Mount, NC 27803
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Rochelle Peele lit a candle on May 22 2018 09:38:11 AM
To my cousin, Yolanda and family, I was saddened to learn of my cousin's passing. While untimely, after reading his obituary, it appears to me that Jay lived a full and dedicated life. Of this, I am most proud. I didn't get to know him, but I can tell he was a fine young man. My prayers are with you. Please accept my sincerest condolences. God bless.
Your cousin, Keith Parker
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God bless him. The lord will hold him in his arms for you Yolanda.
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