Let the memory of Michael Melton be with us forever.
  • 73 years old
  • Born on January 26, 1946 in Tuskegee, Alabama, United States.
  • Passed away on April 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

This "Celebration of Life" website was created in memory of our loved one, William Michael Melton. We will remember him forever.

The Texas Memorial is being held Saturday, May 18th, 2019, 2pm graveside service at Prairie View Memorial Cemetery in Prairie View, Texas. 

Michael's Celebration of Life in Los Angeles, California is tentatively scheduled for June 29, 2019 at the home of Ben & Delores Kerr. Service at 1pm, Repast to follow at 3pm. Please check back for updates.   

Posted by Frank Scherer on June 11, 2019
Michael was not only a neighbor to us for 21 years, but also a friend. We were able to do many things and events together and shared many thoughts and laughter. Michael was a very kind, generous and loving person. His intelligence and culture made the relationship with him even more desirable. I remember he was the last person I hugged, before I handed they keys to the buyer of my house and that was a sad moment. Rest in Peace, dear Michael, now I miss you even more..
Posted by Sheridan Cole on May 28, 2019
Michael was always there for me, even if months separated our visits. The shock of him slipping away so quietly still shakes me. I remember so many qualities - his knowledge of music, civil rights, politics, food; his sardonic wit, and especially his honesty. He pulled no punches. Never minced words. We laughed a lot too. I spent several hours with him last fall and had no idea he was ill. He was always "his own man." By Sheridan Cole
Posted by Jerri Woods on May 24, 2019
My dear sweet angel, Michael. I miss you so much. Your beaming and beautiful smile always melted my heart. Your generosity and kindness goes unmatched by anyone I have ever known. You knew how to bring people together to share laughs, stories, love and good times. Your influence in my life was significant, and I feel so blessed. You would always remind me that family and friends are the key ingredients to a happy life. I am so grateful for all the joy, love and wonderful times we shared. You are, and will always be my sweet angel. I pray the Lord to hold you safely in the palm of his hand....until we meet again. God bless you....I love you.
Posted by Claire And Shep Goldblum on May 20, 2019
Michael and I attended Dorsey High School eleven years apart, and Michael started teaching at John Marshall High School eleven years after I had started my career there. To meet Michael was to fall in love. His amazing smile, his wonderful laugh, his twinkling eyes, his sharp tongue and wit, his brilliance, captivated me. He was an EDUCATOR. One day he invited me and my class to join his class to hear Mantan Moreland speak, just a year or two before Mr. Moreland died. No civil rights lesson could have been more powerful, then the one we learned that day. After leaving Marshall High School he taught at North Hollywood High School where my daughter had the privilege of being in his English class in her junior year. He effected her as deeply as he had effected me. He was lovely, he was graceful, he was full of light and love and he will be dearly missed. Michael Melton: you have left your fingerprints on my heart, and on the hearts of the thousands of students and colleagues with whom you have worked.
Posted by Timothy Miller on May 20, 2019
So glad that our paths crossed in this thing called life my Alpha Brother and educator. Will miss our chats when we saw each other about the craziness occurring in LAUSD. Thank you for your advice as I climbed the administrative chain. Your advice always reminded me how important it was to value our teachers and the things they do. As you have ascended into Omega Chapter, I know that you are shining your bright light on all the brothers who have gone before. You are missed.
Posted by Dana Fields on May 19, 2019
To My Beloved Godfather (“Uncle Mike”) ~ I can’t accept the reality that you are gone. You have been there for me my entire life being so loving and supportive. You never missed a birthday and were there for every momentous occasion. Life is short but the joy you brought me shall never die. My eyes cannot see you, but my heart can find your laughter and your love is etched deep in my mind. Death will never break our tie. Lives may fade, but my memories will never die. My parents couldn’t have selected a more perfect Godfather. Till the day we meet again, you will forever be in my heart and I will miss you dearly every day of my life. Your Loving Goddaughter...Dana
Posted by Tommy Dodson on May 18, 2019
Michael and I both attended Dorsey High School in Los Angeles for a while. Then I transferred to Los Angeles High School where I graduated. I lost track of Michael as we all called him. It was years later when I was performing at "The Other Side", a well known piano bar in the Silverlake district of LA. He would be there every time Iwas was performing. Our friendship grew. I remember the many Christmas parties at Micheal's house when he would invite several musicians. As the evening went along and we all got stuffed and full on good liquor, the music would start. Michael was a great cook. His chitterlings were every bit as good as my mothers...and I did not eat everybody's chitterlings for many reasons. When I moved to Palm Springs, Michael would find the clubs I worked at and would show up periodically. The last time I saw Michael was probably in January of this year when he made a last visit to a club I was performing in. He was limping and complained of his legs, but other than that seemed OK. He will forever be missed even though I did not see him as often as I would have liked. The rest are secrets between Michael and myself, and boy we had some. RIP my friend. I know you are perched on some cloud at a piano bar in heaven enjoying the good music. RIP my friend.
Posted by Sherman Hardaway on May 18, 2019
"Manly deeds, scholarship and love for all mankind are the aims of our dear fraternity..." Brother Michael Melton exemplified all the best traits of a true ALPHA man. He transitioned to the OMEGA Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Black and Old Gold forever.
Posted by Veril Thompson on April 23, 2019
If there was ever a person I could think of to ask to save me a spot in heaven it definately would have been you Mr. William Michael Melton! God instructed us to LOVE and that you did without even trying. Knowing you was an honour and a gift. From the moment Toni introduced me to you up until the moment you requested my care I will forever be grateful for the love and laughter and all the great opportunities that comes along with just being associated with you! You are a positive light that will continue to shine in all of our hearts! Love you always
Posted by Louise Imaoka on April 18, 2019
Oh what fun we had throughout the years and their were so many both the good times and the sad times. Hard to believe that i can not call you at midnight just to say i love you. But thats okay you are now pain free and once again be able to have that cigar and jack daniels..........The heavens have opened up and greeted you with open arms rest in peace my dear dear long time friend.
Posted by Barbara Layton on April 17, 2019
Forty nine years ago on the opening day of the school year, Michael and I spotted each other, the only African American teachers at Marshall High School. We immediately became close friends, shared happy and serious times, political views, love of music, (especially opera), history lessons, and most memorable, travels to Italy. Michael offered educational advice, confort, and fun activities to young members of our family who adored him. His insights will guide all of us forever and he will always live in our hearts. Barbara Layton
Posted by Toni Patillo on April 15, 2019
I never imagined that I would be writing this tribute so soon. Oh my dearest beloved Michael, my brother, my friend, my mentor and teacher and my confidant. I will miss you more than you know. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for your Genuine and Unconditional Love, your Kindness, your Joy, your Laughter, your Sense of Humor and mostly your Generosity. You have Blessed all of us who have grown so close to you with your Presence, your Gift and Your Light! I Love You Michael, Rest in Peace. Toni Elizabeth

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