William "Elmo" Mercer

Born in Pollock, LA on February 15, 1932

Departed on November 29, 2020 and resided in Leander, TX

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William “Elmo” Mercer, Sr. (“Mo” to his friends) was born to William Fred Mercer and Lottie Johnson Mercer in Pollock, Louisiana, on February 15, 1932, and passed away at his residence in Leander, Texas, at the age of 88 years old. W. “Elmo” Mercer lived and worked in Nashville for many years in the music industry.
Mo was a lover of music; singing, writing, playing; he loved it all. He began writing music at age 14, and at his passing had written over 1600 songs.
His family describes him as “Larger than Life”, always joking and making people laugh.
Mo was preceded in death by his parents William Fred Mercer and Lottie Johnson Mercer; son, William “Bill” Mercer, Jr.; and grandchild Beth Mercer.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Marcia Mercer; daughter, Kellye Jeffers; grandchildren, Courtney Mercer, Lindsey Murray, Hailey Mercer, Abby Mercer, Bruce Jeffers II, Captain Joseph Jeffers, and Kayla Jeffers; and many great and great-great grandchildren.
Pall bearers; Paul Mark, Darrell Osment, George Jr. Osment, Shawn Smith, Jim Corbitt, and James Kennedy. Honorary pall bearers include Bobby Walton, Ronnie King, Bobby Strickland, Bill Cox, Bill Woodard and Dean Eades.
Visitation will be Monday, December 7, 2020, 3:00 ~ 7:00, and again Tuesday, 11:00 ~ 1:00, with a Funeral Service beginning at 1:00; all at the Freewill Baptist Church, located at 100 W Elm St., Ashland City, TN.

7 Comments to William "Elmo" Mercer

  1. Sherry Fleming & Sara Graves
    December 6, 2020 11:32 pm

    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  2. linda BREWER talbert
    December 7, 2020 8:37 pm

    Thanks for your MUSIC and Memories and spending some time in Tannehill at the BREWER pond.
    Your wonderful music shall live throughout the ages of time and fondly remembered by all whose lives you touched and those who never knew you but loved your music.
    PRAYERS to Marcia and Kelley for sharing Elmo with us all throughout the years.
    The Jesse Brewer family
    The James Brewer family

  3. Tommy and Debbie Hale
    December 7, 2020 8:57 pm

    Just being in Church with Brother Elmo was such a blessing. I really enjoyed singing with him and Ted. Our prayers are with you all at this time. One day we all shall meet again.

  4. Nan P Harrell
    December 8, 2020 10:56 am

    We are certainly thinking of all of you and love you so much. May you find solace knowing that he’s not suffering anymore.

  5. Rev. Ken Williams
    December 10, 2020 10:36 am

    We are so sorry to hear of brother Elmo’s passing. He was a great songwriter. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the family. God Bless Y’all

  6. Katherine McKay Holden
    December 12, 2020 11:26 am

    So sorry to hear of W. Elmo’s death! I was given Elmo’s first paperback music book back in the early ’60″s by his uncle. During the summers I would play these songs & TRY learning them in my own feeble way! If anyone has not heard his songs, they should listen to just one of the songs written by him & know he was such a talented man! I was raised in Pollock, Louisiana & live in the Verda area now. Elmo’s name is a pretty common name around here. He will surely be missed.

  7. Jones
    December 15, 2020 10:57 pm

    Elmo’s mother and my mother were neighbors and close friends growing up and attending school at Verda. We have just always known Earl and Elmo. How we loved Elmo’s music, singing his songs, and hearing him play and sing at various churches in the Winn Parish area. Earl spent a lot of time at the home where I grew up when he attended Louisiana College and preached at Mars Hill Baptist Church. Of course, we knew Marcia and her family also. Reflecting on lots of good times and memories with this family. I know you will miss him…..may your many memories and your faith give you comfort and peace. Many prayers for you Marcia and your family. Moeice Lashley Jones and C. W. “Jack” Jones

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