Burial will be in Seven Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church Wednesday from 11:30 -12:30 p.m. prior to the service.
CSM Melton died Sunday, January 20, 2013, at his residence.
CSM Melton is sur-vived by two daughters, Sandra Jean Melton Hobbs and her husband, James, of Jacksonville and Donna Anita Melton Russell and her husband, Dave, of Tampa, Fla.; one son, Justin William Melton, of Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren, Shannon Leigh Powell Staggs and her husband, Eddie, Zachary Taylor Hobbs, Joshua Daniel Powell, Hunter William Hobbs and Lillian Skyler Melton; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be military. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the King’s Men Sunday School Class.
CSM Melton was retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service. He was a member of Angel Grove Baptist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason with Knights Templar, State of Oklahoma, Commandery #18, a member of the Disabled Veterans Association and the National Rifle Association. CSM Melton was associated with the 65th Infantry Division in France, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Austria. He served in the 1st Calvary Division in South Korea and with the 2nd Battalion 32nd Field Artillery in Vietnam. CSM Melton received the Armed Forces Award and the Korean Expeditionary Medal, the Good Conduct Medal with six awards, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal with two awards. He also received the EAME Ribbon with two campaigns in Central Europe and Rhineland, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Army Occupation Medal, the Vietnamese Service Medal, RVNCM with Sixty Device, the Army Commendation Medal with three awards and the Meritorious Service Medal, along with the Expert Qualification Badge in Pistol, 10 Service Stripes, eight Overseas Bars, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Valorous Unit Citation and the Legion of Merit. He retired as a Command Sergeant Major.
In his spare time, CSM Melton, enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising bird dogs. He had a love and respect for wildlife and love for the outdoors.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Angel Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 4404 AL Hwy 204, Jacksonville, AL 36265.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Gail Kellum, Jamy Martin, DeAnna Cain, Kimberly Tucker, Kendra Leonard and Rev. Wayne Stevens of New Beacon Hospice along with the doctors and staff of RAI of Jacksonville.
Online condolences to the family at: www.klbrownfuneralhome.com.
K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W. Jacksonville, AL 36265 Phone 256-435-7042