BELMONT - Donald Leroy "Duck" Melton, 73, passed away Jan. 9, 2013, after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 22, 1939, in Union County, S.C., to the late Joseph and Mamie Melton.
Donald is survived by his wife of 52 years, Myrtle Melton of Belmont, NC; two sons, Roger Melton (Elizabeth) and Wayne Melton (Elaine) all of Gastonia; twelve grandchildren, Brad, Crystal, Adam, Tony, Stephanie, Emily, Tiffany, Roger, Chris, John, Jerry and Robert; fourteen great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Melton of Thomasville.
Donald was preceded in death by one son, Donnie Melton.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Carothers Funeral Home, 312 W. 2nd Ave., Gastonia.
Burial will be at Gaston Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at: www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com.
Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia is serving the Melton family.