OBITUARY

James "Jim" Ray Melton

August 24, 1940June 30, 2019
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James Ray (Jim) Melton went peacefully home to be with the Lord on June 30, 2019 after a lengthy illness. The family will receive friends starting at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 6th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A funeral service and celebration of Dr. Melton’s life will begin at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Aggie Field of Honor.

Born in Paris, Texas on August 24, 1940, James grew up in the Dial community of northeast Texas where he graduated from Honey Grove High School in 1958. He studied Agronomy at Texas Tech University and married his high school sweetheart Sue Rae Dawson after receiving his BS degree from Tech in 1962. As newlyweds, James and Sue moved to East Lansing, Michigan so Jim could continue his education at Michigan State University. He received his Master’s degree, then PhD in 1968.

Upon graduating, James, Sue and their two daughters moved to College Station, Texas where James joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in Ag Analytical Services. Two more daughters were soon welcomed into the family. James did research and tested feed and fertilizer standards, taught, published, and was a member of several professional organizations. He retired in 1986.

Jim’s first priority in life was clear – his devotion to his Lord, Jesus Christ. He and Sue were faithful members of First Baptist Church College Station where Jim served as a deacon from a very young age, taught youth boys Sunday School, played the piano, served on committees and in the Discovery International Program. Jim passed on a legacy of faith to his family and friends, and his servant heart was evident as he was often observed helping others by taking food to the sick, visiting in the local hospitals, and helping the elderly and those in need with yard work and other chores. He was also an active member of the Gideons and was devoted for many years to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) first in the men’s program and then as a children’s program leader.

Jim’s hobbies included playing badminton, golf, and racquetball, attending Aggie sports and most notably spending time with family, where he was an especially devoted Papa to his ten grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Louie Ray and Edna (Rosson) Melton.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; four daughters, Sherry Heritage & husband Tracy, Karen Zuehl & husband Trey, Alisa Turner & husband Chuck, and Laurie Jacobs; sister Barbara Ellis & her husband Fred; brother-in-law, James Dawson & wife Rozann; twelve grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one niece and two nephews.

If friends desire, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of College Station, Mother’s Day Out Program or the Discovery Program.

The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the staff at Accel for the loving care provided to Jim and his family over the past 18 months.

  • FAMILY

  • Sue Melton, Wife
  • Sherry & Tracy Heritage, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Karen & Trey Zuehl, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Alisa & Chuck Turner, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Laurie Jacobs, Daughter
  • Barbara & Fred Ellis, Sister & Brother-in-law
  • James & Rozann Dawson, Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law
  • T W E L V E, Grandchildren
  • T W O, Great-Grandchildren
  • O N E, Niece
  • T W O, Nephews
  • Louie Ray Melton, Father
  • Edna Rosson, Mother
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Matthew Heritage
  • Bradley Lindsey
  • David Lindsey
  • Kenny Lindsey
  • Stephen Lindsey
  • Timothy Reynolds
  • Kyle Turner
  • Ryan Zuehl

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life & Funeral Service Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, July 6, 2019

Memories

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Deanna (Sessums) Kay

July 10, 2019

Sherry, I'm sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I always looked forward to ya'll visiting at Dial when we were kids. All of our little church families were like one big happy family back then. I miss those times. Take care of your Mom. Love, Deanna Sessums Kay

Lynda Voswinkel Boehm

July 7, 2019

Dr. Melton was my boss at Agriculture Analytical Services at Texas A&M. He was a great boss and made it a great place to work. May he worship at Jesus' feet. Condolences to his family!

Mary Jean Armendariz

July 6, 2019

Dear Friends,
What a wonderful testimony and legacy "Dad Melton" has been and has left all of us~ you all first and foremost as his family, and those of us who have been touched by him in the many realms where he lived and moved. How encouraging to read "Dr. Melton's" life story... and to know that in a small way I (and my sisters) were part of that when we were elementary running buddies and sleepover participants with the Melton girls! He was always so accommodating to a houseful of girls, not only his own plus "Mama Sue", but the additional 5-8 that made up our giggling all-nighters following the yummy hot-dog or chili suppers! I remember even in those days his sweet boldness of sharing Christ at supper time as well as via his Gideon outreach. I wish I could attend this wonderful celebration of life, but as it is the time for visitation and memorial service I am standing with you in prayer for strength and energy, comfort, encouragement, and enough 'hard disk space' to pack in all the memories, words, and experiences you will mutually share and individually process today and going forward.
With love and prayers,
Mary Jean (Pratt) Armendariz
Isaiah 40:11 He tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.

Donna Ince

July 5, 2019

Sue, I am so sorry about your loss of Jim. I just wanted to let you know that I will have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Donna

Aminah mimi Collette

July 3, 2019

MELTON FAMILY, I WANT TO SEND MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR YOUR FAMILY, YOU WILL BE MISSED DEARLY, MY JAMES DEAN!! LOL YOU YAVE A WONDERFUL WIFE AND DAUGHTERS AND I WILL MISS BRINGING YOUR TRAY, OR JUST TALKING WITH THE FAMILY. LOVE YOU JAMES DEAN, AND MAY YOU REST IN HEAVEN WITH THE REST OF THE ANGELS, YOUR LOVE WILL MEET YOU AGAIN ONE DAY. GOD BLESS, AND I LOVE YOU ALL, AMINAH " MIMI" COLLETTE

Linda Kinard Winder

July 2, 2019

I remember "James" as a student at Texas Tech. James was active in campus ministry through Baptist Student Union. He was also a "really big deal" in the School of Agriculture, an excellent student, involved in Ag organizations. He was concerned, dependable, available when needed at school, at church, and at BSU. Finding James and Sue at First Baptist, College Station was a surprise and a special treat for me. Rest well, old friend. You are home.

Pat and Jim Griffin

July 2, 2019

We have find memories of Jim at Sunday School fish fry’s, bbq ‘s and 42 parties. He was always willing and eager to help. Jim was quite a fighter to have lasted so much longer than doctors predicted. Sue, you must be exhausted, but you were faithful through it all.
We are off to Montana for the summer, but will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

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Biography

James Ray (Jim) Melton went peacefully home to be with the Lord on June 30, 2019 after a lengthy illness. The family will receive friends starting at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 6th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A funeral service and celebration of Dr. Melton’s life will begin at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Aggie Field of Honor.

Born in Paris, Texas on August 24, 1940, James grew up in the Dial community of northeast Texas where he graduated from Honey Grove High School in 1958. He studied Agronomy at Texas Tech University and married his high school sweetheart Sue Rae Dawson after receiving his BS degree from Tech in 1962. As newlyweds, James and Sue moved to East Lansing, Michigan so Jim could continue his education at Michigan State University. He received his Master’s degree, then PhD in 1968.

Upon graduating, James, Sue and their two daughters moved to College Station, Texas where James joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in Ag Analytical Services. Two more daughters were soon welcomed into the family. James did research and tested feed and fertilizer standards, taught, published, and was a member of several professional organizations. He retired in 1986.

Jim’s first priority in life was clear – his devotion to his Lord, Jesus Christ. He and Sue were faithful members of First Baptist Church College Station where Jim served as a deacon from a very young age, taught youth boys Sunday School, played the piano, served on committees and in the Discovery International Program. Jim passed on a legacy of faith to his family and friends, and his servant heart was evident as he was often observed helping others by taking food to the sick, visiting in the local hospitals, and helping the elderly and those in need with yard work and other chores. He was also an active member of the Gideons and was devoted for many years to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) first in the men’s program and then as a children’s program leader.

Jim’s hobbies included playing badminton, golf, and racquetball, attending Aggie sports and most notably spending time with family, where he was an especially devoted Papa to his ten grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Louie Ray and Edna (Rosson) Melton.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; four daughters, Sherry Heritage & husband Tracy, Karen Zuehl & husband Trey, Alisa Turner & husband Chuck, and Laurie Jacobs; sister Barbara Ellis & her husband Fred; brother-in-law, James Dawson & wife Rozann; twelve grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one niece and two nephews.

If friends desire, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of College Station, Mother’s Day Out Program or the Discovery Program.

The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the staff at Accel for the loving care provided to Jim and his family over the past 18 months.