Merritt was born in Richmond, KY. At a young age he moved to Madisonville, KY, where he presently resides with his family. Merritt or Bubby, as he is also known by, is happily married to his wife Kelly and they have four children together, Christian, Amanda, Isaiah, and Aliyah. Merritt is also a grandfather for the first time! Merritt's oldest son Christian is a father to Peyton Osborn.
Merritt attends Word of Faith Church and Covenant Community Church. He is active within these churches and volunteers his time at Word of Faith Church to assist congregation members with not only their spiritual growth but also their physical growth.
Within the surrounding community he enjoys volunteering his time working with youths in various organizations. Merritt has coached football for the YMCA and Rotary Club. He has coached and refereed ABA boys and girls basketball.
Merritt also enjoys conducting fitness and self defense workshops for adult men and women, training law enforcement officers, and speaking at school events when requested.
Merritt wanted to take the time to say thank you to everyone in Hopkins County that has supported him through out the years. He knows that without God and God's grace he would not be where he is today.