A loving remembrance ceremony to honor the life of Ms. Melanie Ann Luttrell (Mel) McMahan of Jacksonville, Alabama on Saturday February 6, 2021 at 3pm at the Jacksonville City Cemetery. Melanie passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Gadsden Regional Hospital Medical Center in Gadsden, Alabama. She is preceded in death by her father James William Luttrell, mother Mable Knight Luttrell, brothers David (Little Toe) Luttrell and Danny Wayne Luttrell. Melanie is survived by her daughter Kimberly Blake Maynard (Little One); grandchildren Nicole B. Maynard, James (Blake) Maynard, Haylie (Haylie Girl) A. G. Maynard; great-grandchild Grayson B. Botello; sister Tommie Barnard; brother James R. (Big Toe) Luttrell and wife Marie Luttrell; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Melanie was a native of Jacksonville, Alabama, and a member of Westside Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Jacksonville High School where she was an outstanding athlete and cheerleader. She was a longtime resident of Ft. Myers, Florida, where she owned and operated Melanie's Family Restaurant. Afterwards, Melanie relocated to Bluffton, South Carolina, where she enjoyed her retirement years being a loving mother and grandmother. Melanie later returned home to Jacksonville, Alabama to spend time with her friends, siblings, and extended family. Melanie was a sweet and loving soul that was dedicated to making sure her littles were always taken care of. A beautiful woman that many looked up to and wanted to be like. She inspired others with her fighting spirit. The love that we have for her will carry on and her presence in this world will be deeply missed by all. In accordance with the state mandated health order, guests are kindly asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
Published in The Anniston Star on Feb. 5, 2021.