Born 11-24-1973 -- Died 4-25-2004
Spec. Kenneth Alan "Kenny" Melton, 30, of Batesville, Ark., 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, Ark.; his father, David Melton and wife, 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, Texas; two sisters -- La Theresa Crawford of Arizona; and Krystal Crawford of Fort Worth, Texas; his material grandparents -- Lee and Irene White of Wirth, Ark.; 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, with arrangements under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Mammoth Spring, Ark.