He was a member of Bellefounte Baptist Church and was employed by Bowater Paper Mill for 36 years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching his grandsons play sports at Walker Valley High School and Young Harris College. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter and three grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel and Artie Bell Melton; and sister, Vorus Ingle.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Sara Grace Morrow Melton of Cleveland; children: Steve and Donna Melton and Den and Diannia Melton, all of Cleveland; grandchildren: Jessica Melton Warner and husband, Stephen, Clark Melton, Logan Melton and Cooper Melton, all of Cleveland; siblings: Herman and Margie Melton of Cleveland and Carl and Vesta Melton of Riceville; and other extended family and church family.
A celebration of his life will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. today, Dec. 8, 2013, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with Pastor Lake Walker officiating.
Interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday in Riceville Cemetery with grandsons: Clark Melton, Logan Melton, Cooper Melton and grandson-in-law, Stephen Warner, Allan Walsh and Tommy Melton serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are his golfing buddies: Gene Canup, Arnold Moss and Ken Smith.
His family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home prior to the service.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Melton family guest book at www.fikefh.com.