Published August 1, 2004 in the Goldsboro News-Argus

Walter Julian Mercer, 64, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Friday at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

He was a native of Lumberton and was the son of the late Walter and Ina Parks Mercer. He was the CEO of The Art Gallery Inc. and was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He is survived by three sons, Julian Boyd Mercer and wife, Lisa, and Joel Barton Mercer and wife, Tracie, all of Spartanburg, and Jeremy Brett Mercer and wife, Jennifer, of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Garris Boyd, Callie Parks, Isabelle Isaacs Mercer, Chelsea Brooks Mercer, Hayley Madison Mercer and Jeremy B. Mercer Jr.; sisters, Betty M. Easley of Beaufort, Linda M. Gray of Pensacola, Fla., and Carolyn M. Grant of Goldsboro.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Spartanburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Art Gallery Inc., 234 Mansfield Drive, Spartanburg, S.C., 29307.

Local arrangements by Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Published in Obituaries on August 1, 2004 09:48 AM
On 9 December 2005, I received a call from Boyd Mercer, eldest son of Walter J. Mercer, Jr. Boyd informed me his father had passed away on 30 July 2004.

Walt Mercer was an ELINTer...did a tour at Wakkanai, '58-'60 and a tour in Berlin, '61-'64.

It was my very good fortune and honor to have served with Walt at the 6912th RSM in Berlin during my '63-'64 tenure. He was the senior ELINTer and Assistant NCOIC on Baker Trick.

Walt was one of the most knowledgeable ELINT operators to ever don a pair of headsets. He was larger than life in providing leadership, guidance, and direction to a host of "jeeps" early in our introduction to the Air Force. I, and many of my peer group, give Walt Mercer a great deal of credit in starting us on successful Air Force career journeys.

Thank you Walt're a good man! May you rest in peace, mi amigo.

Darr King