- 95 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 4, 1920
- Place of birth:
Coolidge, Georgia, United States
- Date of passing: Jun 18, 2016
- Place of passing:
Arcadia, Florida, United States
|Let the memory of George be with us forever|
George Howard Melton, 95, born December 4, 1920, passed away June 18, 2016. He was born in Coolidge, Georgia, but at the age of 8, moved to Arcadia where he lived except for military service and pastoral assignments.
Howard was predeceased by his wife, Velma Keene Melton. He leaves three children: Dale H. Melton, Patricia J. Cooper, and Glenda S. Rich; Six grandchildren: Lisa Milburn, Robert Melton, Michelle Cooper, Kenneth Cooper, Kimberly Young and Heather White; and eight great-grandchildren: Jessica, Megan, Evan, Garrett, Anna Grace, Melissa, Poppy and Summer.
Mr. Melton graduated in 1939 with a diploma from DeSoto County High School. In 1965, he received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Trevecca Nazarene College.
He was an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and served churches in Punta Gorda, New Port Richey and Orlando, Florida, and in Thomasville, Georgia.
For 16 years, he wrote weekly articles about the history of Arcadia and DeSoto County for several of the local newspapers.
The DeSoto County Historical Society honored Howard and Velma by naming its library “The Howard and Velma Melton Historical Research Library.” Opened in 1995, the library is one of Howard’s dreams for preserving local history.
The culmination of his historical efforts was the publication of two books on local history: Footprints and Landmarks and More Footprints and Landmarks.
Memorial services will be held Friday, July 1, at 2 p.m. at The Pine Level United Methodist Church with The Reverend Brian Russell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The Pine Level United Methodist Church, The Arcadia First Church of the Nazarene or The DeSoto County Historical Society.
Howard may be kindly remembered at icscremationandfunerals.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/icscremationandfunerals
"Howard was truly one of the finest men I have ever known. He had a beautiful and blessed singing voice that was such an inspiration. Always kind and had such a humble nature. He was truly a pleasure to know. Heaven has received a precious soul in Howard and we have lost a treasure."
"Howard was an inspiration to all who were privileged to know him. His unique knowledge of Arcadia and DeSoto County and his writings will live on as his legacy."
"Mr Melton was truly a Godly man and will be missed. We are losing them rapidly."
"A wealth of knowledge, a friend and a Godly example to friends and his family. He will be missed by all that knew him. R.I.P. Howard."
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