Albert Mills Melton
Arden - Albert Mills Melton, age 76, of Arden, NC formerly of Old Fort, NC passed away Monday, January 11, 2021. Al was born August 12, 1944 in McDowell County to the late Edward "Buck" Melton and Edith Lackey Melton Suttles. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother, David Melton.
Al left behind a family who loved him more than words can express: his wife of 58 years, Marie Clontz Melton and his beloved two children, Lisa Melton Morgan and her husband, Robert of Charlotte, NC and Scott Melton and fiancé, Jennifer of Old Fort, NC and his sister, Rachel Newton of Old Fort. Papa also leaves behind his right-hand man (and grandson), Jacob Thomas Melton.
Al honorably served his country in the US Navy aboard the USS Macdonough. He began his career as a machinist at Taylor Instruments, where he acquired lifelong friendships. He later worked at Asheville Metal Finishing and Ritter Dental, where he continued to use his technical skills and creativity. Those skills were often put to the test in his basement workshop where he spent his weekends designing, building and 'fixing'. He was an inventor at heart and his creations were both practical and whimsical. His love of woodworking came naturally from his father who was a draftsman for Morgan Manufacturing in Black Mountain. And his love of the outdoors was acquired from living (and working) on his family's farm in Old Fort in his youth.
Al was also an energetic cook, to the delight of his family, co-workers and neighbors. His famous Red Velvet Cake is still talked about and the family continues to closely guard the recipe.
He will be most remembered for the twinkle in his eye and his infectious sense of humor. He was charming and his smile was contagious. His children loved his youthful ways, which he never lost, and will always smile when they think about how he made sledding or hunts for Easter eggs full of coins so magical. Al will also be remembered as someone who practiced being a servant leader. Formed by his faith, he was always lending a hand to help his friends and neighbors. He could often be seen around the neighborhood on his 1954 Ford tractor clearing snowy driveways or assisting someone in need.
Al attended New Beginning Baptist Church and helped in the construction of their sanctuary. He was proud to have crafted the large cross for the church. He was strong in his faith and his family takes comfort in knowing he has transitioned to a better place.
The family would like to invite you to share a story, a smile, a laugh with them and Al one last time on Friday, January 15 from 12-4pm at the Westmoreland Funeral Home in Old Fort, NC. The family will say their final good-bye in a private ceremony on Saturday.
Thank you for loving him as much as we do.
Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com