L. Frank Melton

Jun 02, 2013

Nov. 16, 1940 — May 31, 2013

L. Frank Melton, 72, of Waynesville died May 31, 2013  at his residence.

Frank Melton was born in Jackson County Nov. 16, 1940 to Lambert and Lona Kilby Melton. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dr. Ann Davis Melton, a daughter, Myra Melton Hargrove and her husband, Douglas, and a son, Buddy Melton and his wife, Carla. His pride and joy were his five grandchildren: Will, Sam, Sarah, and Taft Hargrove and Addie Melton. Frank is also survived by his sister, Rosa Lee Crumley and blessed with several nieces and nephews.

Frank, who understood the value of education, became the first in his family to attend college. He attended Western Carolina University and graduated from the University of Cincinnati, college of Mortuary Science in 1965. Caring for grieving families became his life's ministry and he spent time serving those in Western North Carolina with compassion, sincerity and a giving heart. He worked in Buncombe County for Groce Funeral Home and was the owner of Sibley's Florist and Swannanoa flower Shop before moving to Haywood County to manage Garrett Funeral Home and eventually Wells Funeral Home.

In 1988 he fulfilled his life-long dream of returning to his home in Jackson County where he opened Melton Funeral Home and served his community, family and friends until his retirement in 1997. Frank was a member of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association and was the first trained embalmer to work with the North Carolina Eye and Human Tissue Bank.
Frank's dedication to his community was evidenced by his membership and service as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Sylva. He was a member of the Sylva Lion's Club where he served as president and received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Outstanding Service. Frank also served on the Board of Haywood County Department of Social Services and was a Hospice
Believing that life is short and should be enjoyed to the fullest, Frank was known as a welcoming host to family and friends for the purpose of enjoying a well-prepared meal. The highlight of his year was in the preparation of a traditional Thanksgiving meal that celebrated the blessings of the year as well as his and Ann's wedding anniversary.

Frank's love of life also led him to travel and meet new friends all throughout the United States. In his retirement years, one of his greatest joys was sharing adventures with his children and grandchildren in his RV. A favorite family tradition was celebrating each grandchild's third birthday with a trip for
the entire family to Walt Disney World.
Frank Melton will long be remembered as a man of integrity who valued kindness, honesty and generosity. His infectious laugh, warm smile, generous spirit, gentle kind ways and his love of people will be missed. Frank's belief that "you come into the world with nothing and you leave
with nothing so do as much good as you can with what you have while you are here," should serve as a challenge to us all.
The family received friends Saturday, June 1 at Melton Funeral Home in Sylva, NC. A funeral service was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 2 at Sylva First Baptist Church with the Revs. Jeff Mathis and Lloyd Fish officiating. Burial was at Keener Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Will Hargrove, Sam Hargrove, Jimmy Parris, Tony Shuler, John  David Stovall, and Dennis Younts. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Sylva First Baptist Church, Hugh Padgett and the men of Love Lane who have been exceptional neighbors in a time of need: Jim Geenen, Ron Hardin, Shel Isenberg, Robert McDowell, and Richard Sheets.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Mission & Fellowship Center at Sylva First Baptist Church, 669 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779 or United Christian Ministry of Jackson County, PO Box 188, Sylva, NC 28779.
Online registry available at www.meltonfhsylva.com.