Mr Gregory Merrick is Antigua’s newest centenarian


Mr. George T. Merrick
31 st December, 1922
Freemans Village

George T Merrick was born on 12/31/1922, at Cotton Estate, to parents Annetta Lee and Frank Merrick and was raised by his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Frederick, in Freeman’s Village.

He had three siblings. He attended school in Parham. George is a retired farmer and

He married Delores Cornwall in 1952, and from that union has 6 children, 22 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren, and 3 great- great grand children.

He is a dedicated husband, and parent, who instilled in his family Godly discipline, strong and reliable work ethics.

He chooses to be governed by the 5th commandment, “Honor your mother and father that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God has given you”

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    “A people (especially our youths) without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
    Congratulations on your 100 years of excellence!
    Respect and honor Mr George T. Merrick (SGOE) Senior Grandparent Order of Excellence!
    With your large extended family, we can call Freeman’s Village, Merrick Village!
    “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
    Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalms 127: 1; 3.
    As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man ; so are children of the youth.
    Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. ” Ps: 127: 4-5.

    Our venerable, noble, native Centenarians of African descent had few economic and education choices within the colonial system to earn a living: “Washing, cleaning, working in the canefield, picking cotton.”
    Their labor produced the economic wealth and cultural benefits of our colonizers.
    They survived by practicing the fundamental economic principle: “Eat a little, save a little, spend a little.”
    And, spiritually, they internalized the hope of a better life, faith, through religion.

    Now, our Centenarian grandparents ask us: “What’s in your hand?” The answer is cell phone – smartphone, iPhone, tablet – a computer!
    Use it as a beginner to learn all you can about the electronic device – Computer Science, Coding.
    Use it to research, study, learn STEM subjects; Economics ; Finance; Business subjects – Bookkeeping; finance/ forensic Accounting; Entrepreneurship; Caribbean History.

    Our education curriculum MUST PRIORITIZE STEM and business/ entrepreneurship powered by our OECS and CARICOM creative Arts- arts, crafts, design, fashion, fabrics, sewing – year-round, in-school, extra- curricular programs (after school activities), summer.
    Our colonizers pursued successfully for their purposes the colonial education for elite managers and unskilled labor.
    It’s time to change that education model inextricably linked to that economic model!

    Let us interact with each other, with humility, grace, good intentions!
    Save our Humanity, Save our Youths, Save our Environment, Save our Soil!!!


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