Party affiliation: Republican
September 1994); children: Sherri Lynn Merliss Voebel, Benjamin Harrison, Virginia Jeanne Merliss Johnson. Married Lana Baron Merliss. Stepchildren: Earl Baron Gildersleeve, Thomas Gildersleeve III. Architect, engineer Hudgins, Thompson & Ball, Oklahoma City, 1950.
Engineer Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, Texas, 1953-1954. Project engineer Walter P. Moore, Houston, 1954-1955. Consultant senior engineer W.S. Merliss & Associates, Houston, 1955-1961.
Partner Merliss, Jones and Robinson, Houston, 1961-1977, Merliss & Jones, 1977-1989, retired. Director Freaky Fritters World Inc., Universal Domes Inc., Condo Domes Inc., Time Systems Inc. Chairman board Bandit Messenger Service Inc., Houston and other locations.
Democrat precinct chairman, 1968-1975.
Served with United States Air Force, 1941-1945, 51-53. Member American Institute of Architects, National, Texas Societies Professional Engineers, Texas Society Architects, Los Angeles Society Architects, Prestressed Concrete Institute, Gulf Coast Oklahoma State Alumni Association (president 1956-1965), Crescent Society, Cosmopolitan Dance, Baton Rouge City, Camelot, Men of Bal Masque, Krewe of Tucumcari, Big Timers (Baton Rouge).