Baptist minister. Born– March 5, 1876, in Elberton, Va. Parents– John Avington Merritt and Sarah Rebecca (Deering) Gwaltney. Education– University of Richmond, 1899-1904; Union Theological Seminary, 1904-1905; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Th.M.; Potomac University, STD, 1908. Ordained in 1902. Married– Richie Thornton Peters on September 23, 1902. Children– Five. Served churches in Prattville, Greenville, and Florence; editor, Alabama Baptist, 1919-1950; trustee, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; organized the Baptist Foundation. Honorary Litt. D., Howard College, 1927.
Who Was Who in America, Vol. 3.
Christ and Our Liberties. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co., 1937.
Forty of the Twentieth; or, The First Forty Years of the Twentieth Century. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co. 1940.
Herald of Freedom. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1939.
Man’s Fairest Hope. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1925.
A Message For Today on the Chariots of Fire. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co., 1941.