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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.

  • Located in the City Hall Parking lot.
  • The Norvell's Grave
  • Norvell’s inside the shop. The picture to the right shows Merritt Norvell Sr inside the  shop helping a young boy.
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. 

Obit extract on rootsweb. 
Family links: 
  Addie Merritt Britton (1874 - 1962)
  Margaret Brown Norvell (1910 - 2005)
  William Merritt Norvell (1892 - 1982)*
  Zelda Ruth Norvell Woods (1893 - 1986)*
  Lewis R. Norvell (1905 - 1947)*
  Merritt J. Norvell (1909 - 1996)
*Calculated relationship
Calvary Cemetery 
Morgan County
Illinois, USA
Created by: P. Meado
Record added: Aug 06, 2013 
Find A Grave Memorial# 115032227