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Billy Wendell Melton

January 7, 1937December 1, 2020

Billy Wendell Melton, 83, of Fairhaven, Massachusetts passed away peacefully at Alden Court Nursing Home December 1, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer and kidney disease.

He was born in Moultrie, Georgia, the son of the late Joe Melton and Ruby (Hudson) Melton. Billy Wendell Melton was predeceased by his wife Gloria (Langham) Melton of 49 years and his son Scott Melton. He is survived by his son Corey Melton (wife Robin) of Fairhaven, MA; son David Melton (wife Beth) of Huntsville, AL; seven grandchildren: Bryan Palagi (wife Allison), Carrie Dubberly, Colin, Caleb, Abigail, and Rachel Melton; and five great-grandchildren.

Billy Wendell Melton was an aviation mechanic in the U.S. Army Reserve, a teacher at Gulf High School in New Port Richey, FL, a chemist at the Gulf States Paper Corp, an engineer at the Radiation/Harris Corporation, and retired as an engineer with Bell South/AT&T in Atlanta, GA. He enjoyed wood and leather working, but his true joy was spending time with family, playing cards, bowling, boating, and watching college football.

He attended University of Alabama and Livingston University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and met his wife Gloria. He later attended Florida Institute of Technology and earned his Master’s degree.

His Visitation will be on Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. followed by his Memorial Service at 2:30 p.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org or by mail to 209 W Central St, Natick, MA 01760. For online tributes and directions, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

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    Sunday, December 13, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, December 13, 2020

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Rita Campoli

December 7, 2020

Dear Corey & Robin & All the Family of Billy Wendell Melton,
What a privilege and God-incidence to have met you both outside of the windows at Alden Court right before Thanksgiving. I sang and played my guitar for your beloved Dad that day. I definitely remembered him from days gone by when I would sometimes play piano at meals in the Alden Court dining room. He had always appreciated my music in the past and that day was no different. I played the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and through the cracked window he sang along with me in a prayer to God, “Glory, Glory Hallelujah, Glory, Glory Hallelujah, Glory, Glory Hallelujah. his truth is marching on. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” He was so appreciative and his words were so kind. It was a true blessing for me to sing with him. As the days passed the weather was colder and we never had another interaction but I kept looking for him. Yesterday my heart sank when I saw a new resident looking out from his window. I just saw his obituary this morning. What an amazing man he was as Husband, Dad, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather. He was so accomplished in his education, service, and career as an engineer. May the Lord enfold him in his mercy and may he find eternal life in the glory of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. How comforting to know Billy sang God’s praises during the last week of his life. My heart goes out to you. God rest the soul of your Dad and Mom,Gloria and also Robin’s Mom, Mrs. Palagi, who took him for dialysis and helped him too. It is my hope that you will possibly include the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in his Memorial Service. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Rita Campoli

Hannah Harrington

December 6, 2020

Corey & Robin,

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your wonderful father. It was such a pleasure to know and care for him. ❤️

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY