Roger J. Melville left this world and is now with the Lord and his Mother Mary. He is happy to now be with his departed family members: wives, Joyce and Lois; his son, Mark; his mother, Ella and father, Charley; brother, Richard and niece, Sherry.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy; his son, Mike; his daughters, Debbie, Michele and Kate; his grandchildren, Theresa, Alex and Ellen; his great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Christian, Isabella, Noah, Gabriel and Hope.
He is also survived by two brothers, Lt. Cmdr. Charles W. Melville and wife Gloria; three nieces, Debbie, Peggy and Heather and brother, John D. Melville and wife Ruth.
Roger had a very interesting life. He served in Korea in 1950 with the 2nd Infantry Division, in the 2nd M.P. Company, receiving a number of awards – Combat Infantry Badge, four Bronze Battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for Bravery.
Roger wishes happiness and health to the world, his country and state.
He was State Commander of the American Legion. A life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars
, Disabled American Vets and AM Vets.
He was also a 50 year member of Knights of Columbus and a lifelong Catholic.
Roger's business career consisted of: store manager and regional manager of McCrory's Inc., Zayre's, Piedmont Fabrics Inc., Cousin Corporation of America; owner of Melville's 5 & 10 stores.
Roger wanted to remember his special friends: His Excellency, the Archbishop of Mobile, the Rev. Thomas J. Rodi; sister Mary Balkus – Sister of St. Casmir, Chicago, Ill., special lady, wife Cathy Melville, friend, lover and sweetheart; special granddaughter, Theresa Melville, R.N. – helping oth-ers out of pain and misery.
Our special thanks for the loving care and kindness we received from Gaston Hospice, the staff at Robin Johnson House and the special care pro-vided by Veterans Administration, Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to House of Mercy, 701 Mercy Drive P.O. Box 808 Belmont, NC 28012 or Gaston Hospice, 258 E. Garri-son Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054.
Greene Funeral Service – South Chapel and Crematorium is servicing the Melville family – 1503 S. York Road, Gastonia, NC 28052.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greene Funeral Service.
A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Gastonia, officiated by Father Arnsparger.
Roger will be remembered for his loving nature and exceptional generosity. He will be deeply missed by his wife Cathy and family.
A guest registry is available at www.greenefuneral.com.