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Melba Chappell Bunch, 88, lifetime resident of Chowan County and Edenton, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, in Windsor House, Windsor.
Born in Center Hill, she was daughter of the late Titus Edward and Minnie Ellis Chappell. Melba was predeceased by her husband in 1997, Oscar P. Bunch, also a lifetime resident of Edenton.
Melba served as a US Government Civil Servant for most of her career, beginning as a secretary with the US Navy Department in Washington, DC, just before Pearl Harbor. She continued working in a top-security position throughout World War II and moved back to Center Hill in the 1950's. She also worked for the Chowan County Agricultural Office and subsequently completed her Civil Service career working at the Weeksville Coast Guard base. She was a lifetime member of Center Hill Methodist Church, where she served as Treasurer. Melba was an early member of the Business Professional Women's Club in Edenton. Her fondest hobby was fishing every chance she got and playing the piano. After her marriage to Oscar P. Bunch, Melba worked with him in the family business, Edenton Auto Parts, until their retirement.
Surviving Mrs. Bunch are her two sons, John R. DuBois III and his wife, Anne, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Cary W. DuBois of Hobbsville; one sister, Joyce Allen and her husband, Sam, of Salisbury; three grandsons, Harry Douglas DuBois, Cary W. DuBois Jr. and Brad DuBois; and nephews, Glenn and Sam Allen. Special thanks are extended to cousins, Joyce Lawrence, Karen and Timmie Tynch of Edenton, for their love and support.
A celebration of Melba's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Evans Funerals and Cremations Chapel at 516 Virginia Road with Rev. Edmund Ellis officiating. Friends may visit with family one hour prior to the service. Friends may send condolences by visiting www.evansfac.com. Evans Funerals and Cremations of Edenton is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in The Daily Advance on July 22, 2011