Taylor Vinson Merritt, 34, of Bridge City passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019.
He was born on July 8, 1984 to his parents, Michael Merritt and Ronda Brightwell Merritt in Port Arthur, Texas. Taylor graduated from Orangefield High School and attended Lamar State College in Orange for two years. He served in U. S. Army and was deployed to Afghanistan, where he received two Purple Hearts. Taylor worked briefly at the Lower Neches River Authority.
 He was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Martin and Jesse Merritt, Siva and Ernest LeBlanc, Dewey and Essie Mae Faulkner, grandparents, Woody and Beatrice Merritt, Walter Brightwell, Nell Brightwell along with his step-father, Thomas Wood.
Taylor is survived by his wife, Ashley Guyote Merritt of Beaumont, his step-son, Kaegen Morua of Beaumont, his step-daughter, Kaelyn Davis of Beaumont, his parents, Mike and Ronda Merritt of Bridge City, his two brothers, Mason Merritt of Atlanta, Georgia and Hunter Merritt of Bridge City, his niece. Maddy Merritt as well as nunerous aunts, uncles and cousins
Visitation will be on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 9:00 AM till 10:00 AM at the Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. A service to honor Taylor’s life will be at 10:00 AM in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson. Arrangements for cremation are entrusted to Clayton Thompson.

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