Judy P. Melton

November 4, 1946April 11, 2018
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-) Judy P. Melton, 71, passed away on April 11, 2018, surrounded by her family, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

Mrs. Melton was born in Las Animas, Colorado on November 4, 1946 to the late Geneva Robinson and Albert Otto Pennington, Jr. She graduated from Messick High School and Memphis Business College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Mrs. Melton was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a lady of deep faith. She was in business with her husband for 35 years. She enjoyed baking for their customers, cooking with her family, reading with her children and grandchildren, watching her grandchildren play sports, participating in a bowling league and playing bunko, traveling- especially to Hawaii, spending time outdoors, and tending her rose and flower gardens.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Melton was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry D. Pennington; and a sister, Jan L. Pennington.

Mrs. Melton is survived by her husband of 36 years, Jimmy A. Melton; two daughters, Tammy Buchanan-Anderson (Blake) of Jackson, Tennessee and Jennifer Buchanan Spence (Dave) of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; and a step-son, Christopher A. Melton (Heather) of Henderson, Tennessee.

She is survived by four grandchildren; Sydney Lauren and Ramsey Madison Spence, and Luke Christopher and Katy Lizabeth Melton.

Funeral arrangements are through George A. Smith and Sons, North Chapel. Visitation will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., and on Sunday, April 15, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., with the funeral at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services will follow at Ridgecrest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or the charity of one’s choice.


  • Jimmy A. Melton, Husband
  • Tammy Buchanan - Anderson (Blake), Daughter
  • Jennifer Buchanan Spence (Dave), Daughter
  • Christopher A. Melton (Heather), Stepson
  • Sydney Lauren Spence, Grandchild
  • Ramsey Madison Spence, Grandchild
  • Luke Christopher Melton, Grandchild
  • Katy LIzabeth Melton, Grandchild

  • Terry J. Carr, Active
  • Christopher A. Melton, Active
  • Benjamin D. Pennington, Active
  • Dave Spence, Active
  • Derek W. Stumph, Active
  • Jason T. Stumph, Active


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Before The Service Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • The Funeral Service Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • The Interment Sunday, April 15, 2018

Judy P. Melton

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Reacy Billingsley

May 4, 2018

Two close friends for forty-six years

Confidant, sounding-board, and many tears

A beautiful person inside and out

Kind, most gracious and patient throughout

A sister God gave me though I was without.

There is a hole in my heart only she can fill

To see her again in Heaven is real.

But for now, His Peace will keep me til then

When one day at last I will see her again.

My heart aches for her family.

In Deepest Sympathy,

Reacy Billingsley

Donna Willis

April 13, 2018

Jim, so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing! I think of you two often, and remember the days of visiting with her by phone, while employed with Monogram Refrigeration! Please know I and praying for you and family during this grieving time!

Donna Willis

Brenda Taylor

April 13, 2018

Mrs. Judy would call to the office, and say "Brenda what is today?" I have adjectives for each day of the week and she would always laugh about it. Here's to my to my friend:
Marvelous Monday
Terrific Tuesday
Wonderful or Wacky Wednesday
Thankful Thursday
Fantastic Friday
On Wednesday April 11, 2018 I will remember that Wednesday as God sending His Angel to receive a Warmhearted, Wonderful Woman!!!

Brenda R. Taylor
Associated Packaging, Inc.
Memphis, TN

Rand Cooper

April 11, 2018

Jim, you are the face of the business but Judy was the brains and the details. Your customers knew that Judy would take of everything. Whenever I get homemade Christmas cookies I still think of all baking Judy did for us. We love you. Holly and Rand Cooper.



Judy P. Melton was known as many things to many people. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother (Ga-Ga). She was a generous friend, and someone special even to her nieces and nephews. To family and friends who knew her best, Judy will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       She was the daughter of Geneva (Jean) Robinson and Albert Otto (A.O.) Pennington, Jr. Judy was born in Las Animas, CO, and also lived in Dodge City, KS, and Memphis, TN.

      Judy was raised with three siblings; Jerry, Jan and Jeff. Judy was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Judy had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Judy was an active child who took part in sports, and church youth group, including choir. However, to Judy, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

      As a teenager, Judy had a happy, high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Messick High School in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1964. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. She enjoyed reading and spending time at the library, and she participated in club activities such as the choir, the national thespian club, and world peace initiatives. She was active in the performing arts. She enjoyed fashion and participated as a model for various fashion shows and boutiques around Memphis.

      Judy enjoyed her college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Judy was able to manage the balancing act. She earned her Business Degree.

      Always considered a “good and generous” friend to those she knew, Judy enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. She welcomed new friends throughout her life and maintained lifelong friendships for more than 45 years with Connie Robinson and Reacy Billingsly.

      In the presence of their three children and close family and friends, Judy exchanged wedding vows with Jimmy A. Melton, on June 6, 1981, at her parent's home in Germantown, Tennessee. Truly loved, empathetic, joyful, and loyal, Judy was committed to making her new family happy.

      Judy was a good mother to her children and she did her best to teach them and fulfill their needs. Judy was blessed with two daughters; Tammy and Jennifer; and one step-son, Chris. An enormous blessing for Judy was the gift of four grandchildren; Sydney, Ramsey, Luke and Katy.

      Fortunately, Judy enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Judy worked diligently and succeeded in her career. Her primary occupation was Sales. She was employed in manufacturing packaging and sales for 35 years with her husband. Judy always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done. She was an excellent cook, and for seventeen years, Judy baked at Christmas for their customers.

      Judy enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were playing bunko, bowling, cooking with her family, spending time enjoying a variety of music, supporting the theatrical arts, reading with family, gardening, traveling-especially to Hawaii, enjoying the ocean and long walks outside.

      Judy found pleasure in sports. Recreational sports included bowling. Judy was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her children and grandchildren in their sporting activities, whenever she had the chance to do so. Tops on her list were football and golf.

      Judy was a woman who took pride in upholding her beliefs. Politically, Judy was Republican.

      Judy’s faith was important to her and she influenced her family to live and trust in God. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, for 34 years. During that time, she was involved in choir, Sunday School and supported the youth groups.

      Judy enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included Hawaii.

      Judy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Molly, a Golden Retriever and Sparky, a Cocker Spaniel. Molly lived to be 14 years old, and Sparky lived to be 8 years old. They were her best, furry friends and life companions.

      March 30, 2018, was Judy's official date of retirement. Judy enjoyed her work and especially the people with whom she worked. She loved the relationships developed over her lifetime of work and took great interest in the happenings of her colleagues.

      Surrounded by her husband and daughters, Judy passed away on April 11, 2018, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Judy fought a brave battle against a rare cancer. She is survived by her husband Jimmy Melton; two daughters, Tammy and Jennifer; a step-son, Chris; and four grandchildren; Sydney, Ramsey, Luke and Katy. Services were held on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel. Judy was laid to rest in Ridgecrest Cemetery in Jackson, Tennessee.

      Simply stated, Judy was a vibrant, generous person and was of good humor. She is an individual who was vital to her family and will be deeply missed. For all of time, she will be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who paid attention to the details of her families life. Judy leaves behind her a legacy where her story will continue through her family and through life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will lovingly remember Judy P. Melton.