Larry L. Melton, 80, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 in Tallahassee.
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He had lived in this area for 19 years coming from South Carolina. He was a Baptist. He was a member of the American Legion, founding member of Wakulla Moose Lodge; Lifetime member of VFW; NAUS member and worked as a federal inspector for USDA.
Larry loved all of his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was kind and compassionate to everyone. He never met a stranger, once a friend, always a friend. He had a great sense of right and wrong. He was a perfectionist and was successful in all that he set out to accomplish whether it be business or community affairs.
Retired Master Sergeant Larry L. Melton loved his country and served with "Uncommon Valor" in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He continued his support by flying his flags; American, POW, Confederate and occasionally Air Force. He will be sorely missed but remembered by all.
Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville. A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Floral Memorial Gardens in Albany, Ga.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Larry's honor to "Locks of Love", 234 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach FL 23405 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. P.O, Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38148-0142.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Gloria Melton; three children, Audrey Brienza (Joe) of Albany, Ga., Michelle Crawley (Mike) of Lyons, Ga., and Laura Cox (Chris) of Leesburg, Ga.; two sisters, Shirley Wells of Franklin, Tenn., and Peggy Green of Florence, S.C.; a brother, J.R. Melton (Mary Frances) of Cassette, S.C.; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by daughter, Teresa Dianne Melton.
Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville is assisting the family with arrangements (850-926-3333 or bevisfh.com).
Bevis Harvey Young Chapel
3106 CRAWFORDVILLE Highway
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Published in The Wakulla News on Feb. 20, 2014