Alvin Melvin (1966 - 2012)

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Alvin Darris Melvin

PRINCESS ANNE — Alvin Darris Melvin, affectionately known as "Shorty," was born Dec. 26, 1966, to Herman and Lovie Melvin in Copiague, N.Y. He was the fourth child of 12 children.

Shorty attended school in Suffolk County school district in Amityville, N.Y. He was a carefree child and had a passion for animals, especially pit bulls. He had a great love for music and sports, especially basketball and football. The New York Giants were his team. Shorty was a great listener and was always willing to lend an ear or advice. He was a hardworking, family-oriented man. He especially loved kids and you could often find him spending time with his pride and joy Saneyah or mentoring some young man.

Shorty moved to Salisbury, where he worked at Perdue Farms Inc., among other jobs. Most recently he had been employed with Mountaire Farms in Princess Anne. In 2003, Shorty met Yasmin Jones and in Aug. 2005 his life changed forever when his princess, Saneyah, was born. Shorty loved his daughter with every fiber in his being and she was truly a daddy's girl. When you saw one you saw the other and he definitely spoiled her with whatever she wanted. They shared their love of sports and pets and he made her the Giants' No. 2 fan. On July 24, 2010, Shorty and Yasmin were united as one. Shorty was an amazing father and a loving husband, son, brother and friend to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Melvin, brothers, Herman, Lonnie and Curtis Melvin; a sister, Naomi Melvin; a nephew, JaBronte Walters; maternal grandfather, Willie Grey Parker; and paternal grandparents, Lonnie and Mabel Melvin.

Shorty leaves to cherish his loving memories his wife, Yasmin; and daughter, Saneyah of Princess Anne; his mother, Lovie Melvin of Parmele, N.C.; one brother, Unique (Cheryl) Melvin of West Palm Beach, Fla.; five sisters, Connie Garrison (Delaware), Ree (Juan) Oritz of Salisbury, Angel Melvin of Princess Anne, Cat Melvin of Amity Harbor, N.Y., and Nadine (Ruff) Melvin of Parmele N.C.; grandmother, Lovie Parker of Parmele, N.C.; one goddaughter, Racquel Moses of Westover; mother-in-law, Dawn Jones of Salisbury; father-in-law; and special friend, Herbert Jones of Princess Anne; two special nephews, Jermaine and Perlish Garrison; extended brothers, Darryl (Mac) Sinclair and Lionel Conway; several nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and a host of comrades, brothers, family and friends.

A funeral service will be Saturday at noon, with a viewing two hours prior to the service at New Dimensions Church, Jersey Road, Salisbury.

All services are entrusted to Bennie Smith Funeral Home Princess Anne.

Published in The Daily Times from July 12 to July 14, 2012
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