Graveside services for Howard Melton, 75, of Bethune, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2011 at Bethune Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Michael L. Parnell, Sr. will officiate. Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is serving the family. The family received friends Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Melton died Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Born in Chesterfield Co., SC, he was a son of the late Charlie C. and Gladys Kissiah Melton. He was a member of Bethune Baptist Church where he previously served as a deacon. Howard was retired from Kendall after 44 years of service. He was an award winning wood carver and also enjoyed reading and fishing.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 47 years, Beth Railey Melton of Bethune, SC; sister, Olivia (James Z.) Smith of Hartsville, SC; niece, Kimberly S. Parnell of McBee, SC; nephew, James Z. Smith, Jr. of Hartsville, SC; special pet cat, "Wills"; numerous other nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his nephew, Horace (Brenda) Horton of Lugoff, SC and niece, Judy (Doug) Dungan of McBee, SC for all the loving care during this time.