Imojean Poke Merritt was born August 8, 1947 in Sylvester, Georgia to Maxie Poke Johnson and the late Robert Porter. She was 1966 graduate of Monroe High School in Cocoa, Florida. She married James A. Merritt on October 20, 1967 in Waycross, Georgia.
She was a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. During her years of employment she worked at King Edward Cigars for eleven years. Once she was unable to work at King Edward Cigar Factory she kept a host of children through the years. To know "Jean" as everyone called her, was to love her as she was. She loved drinking her PEPSI's, eating banana now and later candy, fudge popsicles, chewing bubble gum, making you laugh and feeling loved.
On Monday, November 5, 2018 Imojean Poke Merritt, 71, transitioned peacefully from labor to reward.
She leaves to honor her and remember her love, her loving husband of 51 yearsm James A. Merritt; her mother, Maxie Johnson; her daughter, Nikki Cohen of Clarksville, TN; her son, Tarvis Merritt (Traci) of Fort Hood, TX; seven grandchildren, Jamilla Jenkins, Jacinia Walthour, Janiya Merritt, Zhivontae Sanders, Genesis Cohen, Zamirah Merritt and Zhion Merritt; a close "sister" friend, Carletha Cecil who was there with her until the end.