Sara "Dot" Griffin Melton

February 9, 1934June 9, 2020

Sara “Dot” Griffin Melton At 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Sara entered eternity, into the arms of her Lord and has been reunited with her husband and soulmate, Dowd L. Melton, who predeceased her in 2017. Sara was born February 9, 1934 in Monroe, NC, to Lula Bell and Zeke Griffin. She has been a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church since 1961. She was also predeceased by one sister and three brothers along with a son-in-law. Sara is survived by her daughters, Sandra Rycroft (Bill deceased) and Debra Gaddy (Ray); grandchildren, Christopher L. Melton (Heather), William A. Rycroft (Terri), Terri Benfield (Aaron), Ashley Phillips (Brad) and Devan Gaddy; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Sarah, Jeremiah, Jack, Olivia, Brice, Carter and Grey; better known as “Her Babies.” They each held a very special place in her heart that only they could fill. Many very special nieces, nephews and their families and good friend, Rhonda Benfield. Many “Thank You’s” to everyone who shared in providing care and support during her illness. The family will be holding a private funeral service. Online condolences may be submitted at


  • Zeke & Lula Bell (McGill) Griffin, Parents (deceased)
  • Down L. Melton, Husband (deceased)
  • Sandra (Bill deceased) Rycroft, Daughter
  • Debra (Ray) Gaddy, Daughter
  • Christopher (Heather) L. Melton, Grandson
  • William (Terri) A. Rycroft, Grandson
  • Terri (Aaron) Benfield, Granddaughter
  • Ashley (Brad) Phillips, Granddaughter
  • Devan Gaddy, Grandson
  • Hunter, Sarah, Jeremiah & Jack, Great-Grandchildren
  • Olivia, Brice, Carter & Grey, Great-Grandchildren
  • Rhonda Benfield, Good Friend

  • Jeremiah Benfield, Active
  • Hunter Melton, Active
  • Christopher Melton, Active
  • William Rycroft, Active
  • Aaron Benfield, Active
  • Brad Phillips, Active
  • Terri Benfield, Active
  • Ashley Phillips, Active
  • Jim Thornberg, Active
  • Devan Gaddy, Active
  • John Griffin, Honorary
  • Steve Medlin, Honorary
  • Richard Griffin Jr.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Sara "Dot" Griffin Melton

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Walter Thornburg

June 20, 2020

Aunt Dot was a wonderful and a very kind person. She had a beautiful smile. Aunt Dot will truly be miss.

Trina (& Robbie) Sparnell

June 14, 2020

Our thoughts are with Terri, family and friends. We had not met "Dot", but in speaking with Rhonda of the friendship, we know that she was a treasured soul and a blessing to many. May peace be with you. Trina (& Robbie)

Karen Hyde

June 13, 2020

Me, my mom & dad & 2 brothers went to church with Mrs. Melton & her family for many years. She was such a sweet lady & was always smiling. I know she will be missed so much by all who knew her. My prayers are with her family. May God Bless you during this time of sadness.

Patricia Deese Carter

June 13, 2020

Aunt Dot was a very special and holds a special place in my heart