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Obituary: J.D. Melson, 71, Russell Co., KY

He was a beloved Russell County citizen who served in many capacities, and the head of a large, highly regarded family. He was a merchant and businessman, a pastor, a Master of his Masonic Lodge, a former employee of Modern Distributing and Fruit of the Loom, and a longtime member of the Russell County Rescue Squad

Mr. J.D. Melson, 71, Garr Ridge RD, Jamestown, KY, died Sunday, December 26, 2010, at his home.

The funeral service will be Friday, December 31, 2010, at 1pmCT, at Bernard Funeral Home Chapel, 367 Main ST, Russell Springs, KY with Bro. Jerry Smith and Bro. Vernon Blakey the officiating clergy and special music by Reva Brown and Matt Brown. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Russell Co., KY. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, Thursday, December 30, 2010, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers: Members of the Russell Springs Masonic Lodge.

Honorary pallbearers: Franzel Kimbler, Jeff hoover, Bill Walton, Ira Rooks, Ruel Wilson, Autic Loy, Orvis Reese, David Reese, and Eugene Tiller.

J.D. Melson, Russell Co., KY (1939-2010)

J.D. Melson was the son of the late Audra Shearer Melson and William Arvel Melson. He was born in Russell County, KY, on Monday, March 13, 1939, and died Sunday, December 26, 2010, in Jamestown, Russell County, KY, at the age of 71 years, 9 months, and 13 days.

He is survived by his wife, Flonnie Mae Tiller Melson, Jamestown, KY, and the following:
  • Three sons: Jeffery (Nancy) Melson, Jerry (Irene) Melson, all of Russell Springs, KY; and RIcky Melson, Jamestown, KY

  • One daughter: Rhonda (Shannon) Baldman, Copperas Cove, TX

  • Three half brothers: Gary Foley, Louisville, KY; and Johnny (Nancy) Melson and Dale Melson, all of Jamestown, KY

  • One step brother: Tommy Conover, Russell Springs, KY

  • Two half sisters: Joyce Asberry, Jamestown, KY; and Jewell (Jerry) Stephens, Russell Springs, KY

  • Two step sisters: Lois (Charlie) Asberry, Russell Springs, KY; and Ethel Brown, Jamestown, KY
Mr. Melson was a businessman for 30 year's operating Melson's Grocery and Big J Discount in the Royville Community.

He was a member of Coffey's Hill Friendship Church, a member of Masonic Lodge No. 941 where he served as Master and District Deputy Grand Master. He was a former employee of Modern Distributing, and Fruit of the Loom. He was a long time member of the Russell Co. Rescue Squad, and former pastor of Coffey Hill Friendship Church.

Bernard Funeral Home, 367 Main ST, Russell Springs, KY, in charge of arrangements.

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