Graveside Service for Mr. Gary Kenneth Melton, 84, of Dadeville, will be Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Tallapoosa County Memory Gardens. Dr. Ben Hayes will officiate. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at Langley Funeral Home.
Gary “Scooter” Melton, born July 2, 1936, in Eatonton, Georgia, but known by so many as “Grandpa”. Grandpa met the love of his life, Mary Helen “Meggie” Lewis, in Eatonton and they were married for 64 years. Grandpa was loved and loved his Eatonton family and loved to tell stories about his childhood and his courtship with Meggie.
Grandpa graduated from Putnam County High School in Eatonton where he played football and baseball and earned the nickname “Scooter”. He was also elected Senior Class President.
Grandpa spent most of his working days in various textile mills, always with an enormous work ethic and appreciation for those he worked with.
Grandpa and Meg moved to Dadeville in 1975, where he continued to work in the textile industry and worked part time (then full time) with the Dadeville Parks and Recreation Department.
His love of mentoring the youth started in Eatonton Georgia where he worked with the Boy’s Club and then went on to coach and mentor young people throughout his life. In Riverdale, Georgia, Grandpa became involved with the North Clayton Athletic Association. He coached many youth football and baseball teams. After the family moved to Dadeville, he coached football and softball for a number of years at Tallapoosa Academy. In 1978 Grandpa joined the Dadeville Parks and Recreation Department and served for over thirty years, serving as Parks and Recreation Director for eleven years.
Grandpa attended Dadeville First Baptist Church and he was very grateful for his church family. He especially loved listening to the church choir. Dadeville First Baptist, the community of Dadeville, the youth of Dadeville contributed immensely to his life.
Grandpa cherished family members and always had a story to share. Family was his life and he loved playing a part in the memories made. He will be missed by his loved ones. His granddaughters, Holly and Hope, were the inspiration that moved him to start writing poems, which he did for events in all our lives. These poems, memories and his great love for others will be forever in our hearts.
He is survived by his wife, Mary “Meg” Melton; daughters, Jeanna Ragsdale and Cathy Melton Agler (Kent) of San Luis Obispo, CA; son, Wayne Melton; grandchildren, Holly Parrish (Chris), and Hope Olson (Mitchell); and great-grandchildren, Beckett Parrish, Elliott Olson, and Oliver Olson.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Wade Melton; mother, Laura Evelyn Melton; and grandparents, Sam and Josephine Melton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Grandpa’s favorite youth-related organizations: Dadeville Dixie Youth, P.O. Box 611, Dadeville, Al 36853
Dadeville High School Softball (in Holly and Hope’s name honoring their Grandpa), 971 Old Miller’s Ferry Road, Dadeville, AL 36853, with checks payable to the Double Play Club.
All visitations and services will be held in compliance with the mandated rules from Alabama Dept of Public Health.
Langley Funeral Home of Camp Hill, AL is directing.