Jerry Cohnn Melton, 85, of Tilden, KY went peacefully to his heavenly home early April 30, 2023 with his family by his side, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN. He was born in Poole, KY on May 16, 1937 to Dorris R and Rubye Bridwell Melton.
Jerry is now joyously reunited with the precious love of his life, Barbara Ann Culver Melton, who passed on March 23, 2022. They were married on January 31, 1959.
He was a loving, devoted Dad and Father-In-Law to his surviving daughter, Cindy and her husband, Stacy Moore of Henderson, KY. Jerry is survived by a sister, Barbara Parish (Omar, Jr.) of Madisonville, KY. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a bonus Grandpa to Amanda Jackson, Aaron Roybal and Jaci Beckner. In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his brother/best friend, Dorris Ray (Betty) of Hanson, KY and brother Larry of Poole, KY. Also sisters: Sue Tapp of Corydon, KY., Freida Sandefur (Doug) of Henderson, KY., and Martha Lang (Frank) of Fayetteville, GA. Jerry was also preceded in death by his dear Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law, Elbridge (Ebb) and Mildred (Shugie) Culver of Henderson, KY. Also, his brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Culver, his wife Ginny and their daughter, Tammy Mills all of Evansville, IN.
Jerry graduated from Sebree High School in 1955 where he played basketball. He was a life-long farmer, with his wife by his side, winning various crop and conservation awards. Jerry served his country in the U.S. Army and KY National Guard where he was awarded many times for his performance.He was a KY Colonel and he was a Missionary Baptist, being baptized at age 17 along with his Dad.
Visitation will be Wednesday May 3, 2023 starting at 10am with the funeral at 2pm at Townsend Funeral Home in Dixon, KY. Bro. Greg Duncan will officiate, with prayer by Taylor Brown and reading by Aaron Roybal. Jerry’s niece, Kay Mallicoat will provide the music. Entombment will be in Fairmont Cemetery in Henderson, KY. Military rites will be done by American Worsham Post #40 at the graveside.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Roybal, Taylor Brown, Darryl Wilkerson, Johnny Frederick, David Duncan and Robert Moseley. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Duncan, Greg Moore, Randy Duncan and Jerry Whitledge. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 2680 North Canton, OH 44720 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 225 S. East St. Suite 280 Indianapolis, IN 46202. Online condolences can be made at www.townsendfuneralhomeinc.com
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