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Arlie B. Melton (1911-1988)
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Born: 12 Feb 1911 Tennessee.
Died: 6 Dec 1988 Newport News, Virginia.
Buried: .

Pinkney Highly Melton
10 Jul 1841-16 Mar 1917
Napoleon B. Melton
2 Feb 1865-5 Feb 1940
Married: 22 Jun 1861
Evaline Pinkston
1842-14 Nov 1911
Arlie B. Melton
12 Feb 1911-6 Dec 1988
Married: 28 Aug 1890

Virginia (Jennie) B. Moore
Abt 1875-Aft 1940


Brothers and Sisters

Arlie B. Melton NEWPORT NEWS When Arlie Melton gave advice, his family listened. It was not his style to offer advice, but it was always there when you needed it. A patient listener, Melton had a special quality of relating to young adults and helping them with those difficult years of adolescence. "He was a steady person. I stayed with him a lot when I was growing up and he always helped me put things into perspective." recalls Melton's grandson, Michael, 22, of Williamsburg. Arlie B. Melton, 77, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Riverside Regional Medical Center of a heart attack. Evelyn Johnson was a neighbor of Melton's for more than 30 years. She describes him as a kind, gentle, smiling person, who was always available to lend a helping hand. Born in Buena Vista, Tenn., he moved to Buckroe Beach in 1944 to work with civil service at the Port of Imbarkation. After several years, he and his wife, Essie, moved to Newport News. Melton decided to begin his own building contracting company and many of the homes in Shore Park and along Chickahominy River were build by his company. He was an excellent cabinet-maker and he eventually sold his contracting firm and began working for Peters Cabinet Shop. As the demand for hand constructed cabinets declined, Melton returned to civil service at Fort Eustis. He retired from that position after 15 years. Melton's daughter, Patricia Inge, remembers her father's love of wrestling, football and baseball. He didn't yell or cheer, he was a very quiet man, but you knew that he was enjoying the game. His quiet manner was beneficial when he was involved with his favorite sport saltwater fishing. He went on many fishing trips with his friend and neighbor, Edward Johnson, as well as his son-in-law and grandsons. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church on Harpersville Road. Survivors include his wife, Essie Lorene Melton; one daughter, Patricia M. Inge of Newport News; one son, Larry Melton of James City County; two brothers, Garfield Melton and Ealon Melton, both of Memphis, Tenn; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Weymouth Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Robert Gray. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.1

Sources:

  1. Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia) 08 Dec 1988, Thu Main Edition Page 22