Spec. Kenneth Alan "Kenny" Melton, 30, of Batesville, formerly of Thayer, Mo., was born Nov. 24, 1973, in West Plains, Mo., and died April 25, 2004, in Baghdad, Iraq.
He was a member of the United States Army National Guard, CO B, 2/153 INF. He died while serving his country during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Ann Melton; three children -- Vincent, Marie and Theresa Miele, all of Batesville; his father, David Melton, and stepmother, Addie, of Thayer, Mo.; his mother, Kathy Crawford of Fort Worth, Texas; two brothers -- Mike Mabes of Clarksville, Tenn., and Keith Crawford of Fort Worth; two sisters -- La Theresa Crawford of Arizona, and Krystal Crawford of Fort Worth; his maternal grandparents -- Lee and Irene White of Wirth; and numerous other relatives and friends.
The funeral was May 2 in Clary Chapel with Bob Dustman officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Jeff Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Clary Funeral Home of Mammoth Spring.