Joseph Melvin Fordham

Obituary

KINSTON - After a long life well lived, Joseph Melvin Fordham, age 91, died September 19, 2010, at his residence. Born on February 11, 1919, Melvin was predeceased by his parents, John Ivey and Kathleen Taylor Fordham; sisters Katie Fordham and Margaret Stanford; and his wife of almost 52 years, Dorothy Stroud Fordham. He is survived by his three children, Millie Donna Fordham, Joseph Melvin Fordham Jr. and wife Mary, Nancy Fordham Hale and husband Jeff; a brother, Richard Stanford and wife Loman; and his five grandsons, John Burtrum Fordham and wife Jessie, Mark Jefferson Hale Jr., Joseph Matthew Hale, Michael Davies Fordham, Christopher William Fordham; and one great-grandson, Joseph Melvin Fordham III. Melvin Fordham was an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener, historian, family man and friend. He owned and operated Melvin Fordham's Store on Hwy. 258 South for 28 years, known for the post office inside the store. He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, former member of the Kinston Planning Board, life member of the Kinston Power Squadron where he served as past commander, member of the Lenoir County Historical Association, and was an active volunteer at Harmony Hall. He was a life member of St. John's Masonic Lodge #4, honorary member of Pleasant Hill Lodge and Caswell Lodge. He was at his best sharing jokes, poems or stories of his life with family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2010, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church with the Rev. A. Michael Singer officiating. A graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Westview Cemetery. The family will receive friends at his residence, 1690 Hwy. 258 South from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, The Lenoir County Historical Association or to ones choice. Arrangements are with Edwards Funeral Home. Sign the guest book at kinston.com. (Paid obituary)

Published in Free Press from Sept. 21 to Sept. 24, 2010