Martha Merriwether, age 86 of Carthage and formerly of Rhode Island passed away at her home on Sunday, July 10, 2022.

Born in Manhattan, NY she was a daughter of the late Reginald Breach and Beverly Sears Breach and was a granddaughter of Lucy Sears who raised her in Carthage.

Martha lived in Rhode Island for 52 years and was a procurement officer with the US Navy for 62 years. She moved to Carthage just this year to live with her daughter Nancy.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Susan Merriwether and a granddaughter Jennifer Branch.

She is survived by her daughters Glenda Merriwether, Judy Merriwether, and Nancy Merriwether; her granddaughters, Cheryl Person (Louis), Jody Peeler, Jessica Branch (Israel) and grandson David Biggerstaff (Gwen); her great grandchildren, Xavier Person, Isaac Branch, Isaiah Branch, Kayle Peeler, Josslyn Branch, Jordan Person, Rachel Branch, Ezra, Natzu Biggerstaff; and two great-great grandchildren, Louis and Casey Person.

A memorial service will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church at a later date.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Merriwether family.

Condolences may be made at PinesFunerals..com.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Martha’s passing, I worked with her at NUWC for many years! Extending my deepest sympathies on your loss.

  2. Such a wonderful individual and truly a class act. Worked with Martha for a number of years. Always helpful and caring with a tremendous and “corky” sense of humor. She mentored lots of us on how to do things right. We do need more people like her in this world. May God Bless her and her family and grant her eternal peace.

    • Thank you Hector and Norma for your kind words of mother. Yes we need more people like mom ( Martha). Mom was always a lady. She was so sweet.

  3. My deepest sympathies for Martha’s family. She was a wonderful person and I’m so sad to hear of her passing. Martha had a wealth of information and was always willing to help. She had the best expressions and I’m not sure I knew the word “critter” before Martha. May she Rest In Peace.

  4. Thank you everyone for your kind words.
    Mom was one of a kind. Mom taught me many things in life. We shared many experiences and had many travels. Mom and I were just not connected at the hip but on a soul level. I was very fortunate that our last words to each other were “I love you” My mother, my best friend for all of eternity.♥️🌹your loving daughter Nancy

  5. To Martha’s Family and Friends,

    I had the pleasure of working with Martha for over 25 years in Newport, RI. She was an excellent mentor and I learned so much from her that I am able to utilize my knowledge today in the field I am employed in. Martha was very thoughtful and kind and was a expert in the contracting field. She was always willing to give her time to lend a guiding hand. I will miss her but always think of the times we spent together.

    She always spoke of her daughters whom I know she loved very much. May she rest in peace.

  6. Martha was a great lady, she will be truly missed. I worked with her for years at NUWC and she was one of the first people to train me when I started there. What a wonderful person she was. My heart goes out to her family during this difficult time.

  7. I am saddened to just learn of Martha’s passing. Martha was a true powerhouse at NUWC and a unique individual. She was a walking encyclopedia, knew about any topic you needed help with, and openly and happily provided training to anyone who needed/wanted. She was a true teacher. She had quite a witty sense of humor and also taught me a couple of funny sayings! My sincerest condolences to Martha’s family, whom she always spoke very highly of. God Bless.

  8. Thank you Nancy, yes she was a walking encyclopedia. Very intelligent, always had the right words for every occasion.

  9. I was so sorry to read of Martha’s passing. It’s hard to believe that she is absent from the neighborhood as my entire 40 years on Hoffman Place she was next door. Praying that her family is surrounded by support and love during this sad time.

  10. I was so sorry to hear about Martha’s passing. I worked at NUWC for over 30 years and first met her in the context of procurement early in my career. We remained work friends throughout my years there. I was extremely blessed for all of the assistance she provided to me and recall that she always exhibited a kind, helpful, knowledgeable “can do” attitude in all of our interactions and I came to rely on her insight and advice regarding work and often about life in general. She was truly a wonderful person and a role model in every sense of the word. She was unique and will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing or working with her. My condolences and prayers go out to all of her family.

  11. Nancy, Glenda and Judy, I was so very sorry to hear both about Miss Martha’s passing, and about Susan!
    – as well as a granddaughter – predeceasing Miss Martha. That is a lot of loss.
    Your family and the Bailey family also go all the way back to Hoffman Place – from the late 60’s!
    I’ve been in and out of North Carolina off and on since 1980, and have lived here in Southern Pines since 2008.
    I will always remember your Mom’s kindly sense of humor, her introducing us to “Sun Tea” and her scrumptious chicken enchiladas!
    Keeping you all in my prayers – in fond memory of your Mom.

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