Nirvell's Shoe Repair Shop was owned by Merritt J. “Poppy” Norvell and Margaret K. Brown. Merritt and his wife ran the shoe repair shop in Jacksonville, Iliinois.The shop had good business with all races in town, even though, it was a segregated town. As of today, the shop is no longer there, but there's a plaque in place in memory of the shop. There was a food shop next door that was whites only, but Poppy was allowed to go to the back of the food shop to pick up his lunch, while other blacks couldn't even get a sandwich.
Merritt J. “Poppy” Norvell was born June 12th, 1909. He married Margaret K. Brown September 22nd, 1931 in Kewanee, Illinois. Poppy is the son of Lewis Rush and Addie Merritt Norvell. Margaret is the daughter of Herbert and Georgia Fulbright Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Norvell passed 9 years apart. They had a son named Merritt J Norvell Jr. who today, lives in Michigan and is living life with a wife and 2 kids named Aaron and Jay. Source:Obit extract on rootsweb.http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/morgan/ObitExtracts/na_ne.html Family links: Parents: Addie Merritt Britton (1874 - 1962) Spouse: Margaret Brown Norvell (1910 - 2005) Siblings: William Merritt Norvell (1892 - 1982)* Zelda Ruth Norvell Woods (1893 - 1986)* Lewis R. Norvell (1905 - 1947)* Merritt J. Norvell (1909 - 1996) *Calculated relationship Burial:Calvary Cemetery JacksonvilleMorgan CountyIllinois, USA Created by: P. MeadoRecord added: Aug 06, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 115032227