Della Melton

June 30, 1915 ~ September 5, 2010

Della Melton, 95, of Lake Charles, died at 7:35 PM, Sunday, September 5, 2010, at her residence.

Mrs. Melton was born in Bainbridge, Ga., and lived in Lake Charles since 1927. She graduated from Lake Charles High School and touched many lived in the Lake Area through her sales of the World Book Encyclopedia. She was District Manager for the World Book Encyclopedia. A member of Trinity Baptist Church for 65 years, she was an active member of the WMU and former Sunday school teacher and superintendent of the intermediate department. She was also an active and life member of the PTA at F.K White and Henry Heights schools.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Melton and a son, William Melton. Survivors include one son, Jim Davis Melton of Salt Lake City, Utah and one granddaughter Carmelita Melton-Bennett, a great-granddaughter Gabriella Bennett, several nieces and nephews and extended family and precious friends.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday at Johnson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Friday at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Steve James officiating. Entombment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Jim…(Skip) so sorry to hear about your Mom…will keep you and your family in our prayers…not sure you even remember the old neighborhood friends..Your Mom was certainly a strong lady…Paulette Mouton LaFleur

  2. Mrs. Melton was such a remarkable woman. I loved visiting with her and I'm so happy to see that she was alive for her great-granddaughter's birth. She always bragged about her granddaughter Carmelita (I hope you know how special you were to your grandmother). I will be praying for Mrs. Melton, I know she is happy to be reunited with her husband and son.

  3. Ms. Della was my special friend and the epitome of God's loveliness. She was beautiful in life and beautiful in death. How she loved you all through the precious stories she continuously shared. I am so glad that Ms. Della graced my life.With love,Paula Simien

  4. She was such a sweet loving person. I met her when she was in physical therapy. She was such a joy to talk to and would make us all laugh. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  5. Sweet, sweet Della will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched. She was such an inspiration to so many; and her life was a true testament of the fruits of the spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  6. To the Melton Family,I grew up, the youngest of six children in the Guzzino family. I have very fond memories of Della Mae, as we all called her, laughing, telling stories, and just enjoying life with her family and ours together!My mother bought the wonderful World Book encyclopedia's from her and then after I got married and started my family; I bought my first set from Della Mae too!I admire Della for her poise, elegant nature, and love of 'all things good.'My thoughts and prayers will be the entire family.Sincerely,Mary Guzzino Wilkinson

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