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William Sidney Merliss

architect , engineer

William Sidney Merliss, American architect, engineer. Decorated Purple Heart.


Merliss, William Sidney was born on September 26, 1922 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Sidney Samuel and Bonnie Bessie (Farr) Merliss.


Bachelor of Architecture, B. in Architectural Engineering, Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1950.


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).


Married Dorothy Halphen Kolb (divorced September 1994).; married Lana Baron Merliss. Children: Sherri Lynn Merliss Voebel, Benjamin Harrison, Virginia Jeanne Merliss Johnson.

Sidney Samuel Merliss

Bonnie Bessie (Farr) Merliss

Dorothy Halphen Kolb

Lana Baron Merliss

Sherri Lynn Merliss Voebel Merliss

Benjamin Harrison Merliss

Virginia Jeanne Merliss Johnson Merliss