SHELBY - Melba Briscoe Royster, 82, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Peak Resources in Shelby. Born in Rutherford County on March 24, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Gonzalvo and Ola Carswell Briscoe. Melba was a member of Putnam Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Melba's life was totally devoted to her family and being with her family. She enjoyed camping, cooking, and working in the yard.
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In addition to her parents, Melba is preceded in death by her husband, John Jonas Royster; two sisters, Aileen Briscoe and Lilly Hensley; two brothers, Solomon Briscoe and Daniel Briscoe; and her first husband, Hall Edelman Maxwell.
Melba is survived by three daughters, Jackie Vassey and husband Roger of Shelby, Lisa Price and husband Jim of Shelby, and Cindy Grigg of Polkville; a son, Jeffery Royster and wife Melinda of Alexis; two sisters, Margaret Gibson of Union Mills and Joan Curry of Rutherfordton; a brother, Edward Briscoe of Forest City; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, and other times at the home of Jackie and Roger Vassey, 107 Annies Circle, Shelby.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Putnam Baptist Church
Officiated by: The Revs. Bryan Glisson and Gary Marburger
Burial: Will follow at Cleveland Memorial Park
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights drive, Shelby NC 28150, or
, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte NC 28215
Guest registry: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
CECIL M. BURTON FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY
106 CHERRYVILLE RD. Shelby, NC 28150-4208
Published in Shelby Star on June 5, 2014