John Ayers Merritt was born in Falmouth, KY on January 26, 1926. He was the son of Bradley and Grace Ayers Merritt. His father was a stonemason.
Pendleton County dropped their final game of the season in the first round of the 38th District tournament against Nicholas County 26-59. The Ladycats final record for the season was 8-18 with a 5-8 record within the 10th Region.