Captain Rodney Melton
February 15, 1953 – March 31, 2019
Captain Eugene Rodney Melton, 66, of Southport, passed away on March 31, 2019.
Captain Melton was born February 15, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama to the late James Dewey Melton and Lucy Oden Henry. He had worked for 37 years for Bald Head Island Transportation as the Senior Ferry Captain.
Rodney was preceded in death by the love of his life, Cathy Potter Melton.
Survivors include his son Rodney Melton, Jr. of Oak Island; two grandchildren, Ariel Melton Largin and husband Joshua James of Germany, and Alex Melton of Southport; three great-grandchildren, Carlene Largin, James Wyatt Largin, and Anastasia White-Melton; a brother John D. Melton and wife Linda of Wilmington; two sisters, Barbara Clewis and husband Earl of Southport, and Dianne Ristow and husband Rick of Nebraska; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members. Rodney was also survived by his dog Kiera.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Southport Community Building with Reverend Gene Tomlinson officiating. Burial will follow the service in the Old Smithville Burying Grounds. The family requests that you dress causal as Rodney was not a suit and tie kind of person.
The family will have visitation from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Friday evening at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services P.O. Box 92 Supply NC 28462.
Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.
Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.
- Visitation Friday, April 5, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, April 6, 2019
Captain Rodney Melton
April 8, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Melton family. I had the pleasure of working as a mate on the ferry with Capt. Rodney during the mid-90's. He was a great guy and always had a funny story to tell.
April 6, 2019
Rodney was the best!. What a wonderful man with such a wonderful heart!. He made no secret of his love and devotion to his wife, his family, his pups and his job. I remember so many times seeing her, usually with their pup along for the ride, bringing Rodney his dinner or his lunch. Other than my parents, I can not think of two people who were so obviously that in love and showed it every time they saw each other and through the things they did.
When Rodney retired, it was a very sad day for anyone who knew him but especially people like my family who loved him. Given what he was dealing with that day, I think it was not the way he deserved to be treated. We knew Rodney from years of riding the ferry to and from Bald Head Island. We almost always had our pups and our children with us and Rodney always greeted us with a smile and treats for the pup. He was always professional and always cared about everyone he worked with and everyone and every pup he came into contact with. He will be missed.! We already miss him and know he is with his sweet wife and his pups in a better place. Love and prayers to his family and friends!
April 6, 2019
Doug and I send heartfelt condolences to Capt. Rodney’s family. We took many trips with him on the ferry and remember him fondly as such a nice man with a genuine love for animals.
Jack and Betty Oldham
April 3, 2019
Condolences to the Melton Family and the Potter Family.
April 2, 2019
Angie and I want to send our deepest sympathies to Rodney Jr and family at their time of loss. Capt Rodney and I worked together for nearly 20 years at Bald Head. I remember the good times of working with him as he always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. Rodney was a wonderful man and will never be forgotten.