William Sylvester “Bill” Melton, Sr., 88, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the Stanley Total Living Center. He was born February 13, 1931 in Mecklenburg County to the late Alder E. Melton and Pauline May Smith Melton. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert A. Melton, his sister June Patricia Styron, and son Thomas Ralph Lyons Melton.
Bill was a graduate of Harding High School in Charlotte. He was employed by Duke Energy and later owned a service station in Charlotte with his brother Bob before going to work for Eastern Airlines. Bill retired as a shift manager in Ramp Service with Eastern Airlines in Charlotte with 34 years of service. He then worked as station manager for Evergreen Airlines in Charlotte and then as facilities manager for Nevins Center in Charlotte. Bill was a member of First United Methodist Church, Mt. Holly. He was an avid gardener.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 68 years Anne Lyons Melton; sons William Melton, Jr. and wife Laurie of Stanley and Robert Melton of Mt. Holly; daughter in law Katrina Melton; grandchildren Jacob Melton, Haley Melton, Randy Melton, Kathleen Melton, and Connor Melton and his dog Duke.
A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, Mt. Holly with Rev. Mitch Murrow officiating. His family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:00 pm Friday, July 5, 2019 at the church prior to the service. Interment will be private at Forest Lawn West Cemetery, Charlotte.
Bill will be remembered as a loving husband and father and a devoted grandfather who lived for his grandchildren and his dog.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Belair Health Care Center, Stanley Total Living Center, and Hospice for caring for Bill during the last seven months. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Mt. Holly.