Paul Melton Sr.

DALLAS - Paul Reid Melton Sr., 65, passed away June 5, 2014, at his residence.

He was born August 25, 1948, native of Gaston County, son of the late Lona Mae McCrary and stepfather, Homer Francum.

Paul was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Gastonia. His family was always first in his life, and he just adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing and football and was an avid Panthers Fan.

A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Monday at Grace Baptist Church, 2200 Auten Road, Gastonia, officiated by pastors Clarence "Mackey" McMahan and Joseph Hensley.

The family will receive friends 1 to 2:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Ann Hornsby Melton; son, Paul Reid Melton Jr. and wife, Susan, of Alaska; stepfather, Homer Francum; special brother, Glenn Melton and wife, Lois, of Dallas; brothers, David Francum and wife, Sandra, of Georgia, Ronnie Francum and wife, Debbie, of Gastonia; sisters Faye Parker, of Dallas, Peggy Moore, of Gastonia; grandchildren, Auston, Chase and Tripp Melton; special friends, Robert and Doris Lemons and Steve and Diane Hicks.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Kyle Melton; sister, Brenda Melton; mother and father-in-law, Mary and Red Hornsy and his beloved dog, Princess.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.

Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.

Condolences may be made online at

Funeral Home

Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel
216 Archie Whitesides Road Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 867-5521

Published in Gaston Gazette from June 7 to June 8, 2014