Born 5-20-1930 -- Died 4-13-2007
Kennith Eugene Melton, was born May 20, 1930, the son of the late Elzie Melton and Maude Hodges Melton at Billmore, Mo., He died April 13, 2007, in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 76. He was united in marriage Dec. 6, 1952, in Bono, Ark., to Laverne Parker who preceded him in death on Aug. 23, 2005.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, proudly serving his country in the Korean conflict. Besides being a farmer he enjoyed custodial work at Couch School for many years.
He is survived by: one daughter, Phyllis Crowder and husband, Jim of Couch, Mo.; one son, Doug Melton and wife, Jan of Couch; five grandchildren, Sgt. Daniel Crowder of Athens, Greece and fiance, Crystal Strong of Springfield, Mo., Mathew Crowder and wife, Amelia of Myrtle, Nichole Brooks and husband, Sgt. Chad Brooks of Fairbanks, Alaska, Adam Crowder and wife, Lisa of Doniphan, Mo., and Douglas Melton of Couch; two great-grandchildren, McKenzie Brooks of Fairbanks and Parker Crowder of Myrtle; one brother, Donald Lee Melton and wife, Ann of Couch; one brother-in-law, Walter Gammon of Bono, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Clara Melton of Walnut Ridge, Ark.; many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; four brothers, Carl, Carthel, Clinton and Clifford (Bill) Melton; and two sisters, Freecy Gammon and Freda Bowling.
Graveside services were April 16 at Cotton Creek Ceme- tery in Couch, with David Olbricht officiating. Services were by Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.