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Hartford Jeffrey Melvin

Posted By Hall-Wynne On April 12, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Durham – Hartford Jeffrey Melvin, 78, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 12, 2008. He was born in Fayetteville the son of the late Harvey Lester and Bessie Christian McDonald Melvin. A Korean War Veteran, Mr. Melvin served with the 82nd Airborne. A graduate of Elon College and South Eastern Seminary, he served as Associate Pastor of several churches including Bonnie Doone, Second Baptist, and Grey Stone Baptist. He also served as Senior Pastor for Mars Hills Baptist Church Hillsborough, NC and Hocutt Memorial Clayton, NC. After early retirement, Reverend Melvin continued serving as a Deacon and teaching Sunday school at both First Baptist and Grey Stone Baptist Church in Durham. He treasured his beloved Church Family, Fellowship Bible Class, Skeeter Humphreys Class, family, special friends, nephews and nieces.

Additionally, as an avid entrepreneur, he owned and operated several businesses. He served in numerous leadership roles in various professional associations. Most recently, he was a member of the Durham Civitan Club and Retired Military Police Association. He valued his Christian faith and Civic commitment which guided his actions.

Mr. Melvin is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Betty Beck Melvin, twin daughters, Jennifer Melvin Pifer and Pamela Melvin Sater Richard, grandchildren, Richard Sater, Jr., Cassidy Alyssa Melvin Sater and Alexander Wellington Melvin Pifer, sisters, Lenora Mullins Mac, Agnes Melvin, Barbara Garzon Fernando, Mary Miller Dalton and Mystra Tyndall Troy, sister-in-laws, Betty Melvin and Eunice Melvin and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Daniel, A.F. Bud, Aaron, Neil and Winifred.

The family would like to thank the nursing and medical staff at the Durham VA Medical Center as well as many friends of the family for their loving care and support.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, April 15, 2008 from Grey Stone Baptist Church. Members of the Fellowship Bible Class and Skeeter Humphreys Class are kindly asked to serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive guests at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home Monday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the building fund at Grey Stone Baptist Church, 2601 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705.

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Condolence from Ester Graves on April 14th, 2008 12:00 am

The pain of loosing a loved one is so great, but there is compfort in knowing that one day we will meet again. May God continue to bless each of you as you endure this time of grief.

Condolence from Shirlene L. Drew on April 14th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Jennifer and the entire Melvin Family: May the God of All Comfort 1 Cor 1:3 bring you His presence and His peace through this difficult time. My condolences to and prayers are going out for you and your family. Please take comfort in knowing that your father, husband, relative and friend, who now sleeps In Jesus, will God bring with Him, when He comes for those of us who are alive and remain In Him unto His coming. We which are alive In Him will be caught up together with those who sleep In Him in the clouds to meet and forever be with the Lord 1 Thess 4:13-17. Be comforted, Melvin Family, knowing that this is only a transition. May God bless and keep you.

Condolence from Dana L. Shipman on April 14th, 2008 12:00 am

Mr. Melvin was such a kind man, I met him at the VA Hospital. He always had kind words and kept a smile on his face. I know his family will miss him, he was truly a special person who touched many lives in different ways and was a blessing to all.

Condolence from Kathy Burgess-Brown on April 14th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Jennifer and Family,
I am saddened about the loss of your loved one. I am sure he has left behind many great memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you.
Kathy Burgess-Brown

Condolence from Lynne Staton on April 14th, 2008 12:00 am

Bless your wonderful memories of this fine gentleman. His life continues in the minds of those who knew him and the hearts of those who love him.

Condolence from June and Jerry Odegard on April 14th, 2008 12:00 am

We are very sorry that you have lost such a special loved one in your lives. However, he will always remain in everyones hearts and thoughts forever.

Condolence from Claudette Forrest on April 14th, 2008 12:00 am

Jennifer, I realize that at this moment words are only a whisper and they cannot express the loss of a Wonderful Father as Mr. Melvin. I am honored to have known him and will cherish his smile and humble spirit. I’m glad to know that he rests with God and has been a faithful servant for many years. I pray that your family can find peace in this time of great sorrow.

Condolence from Rachel Garrett on April 14th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Betty,
The last time I saw you was at the funeral home when Margaret died last September. I’m sorry that we only see each other during sad times. Please know that I am praying for you and your family. Hang on to memories of the good times you shared. May God bless and comfort you in your sorrow.

Condolence from Wanda Rainey on April 15th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Jennifer and

I am very sorry for your loss. I know that you will miss him. I send you my love. If there is anything that I can do please feel free to let me know. Take pride in knowing that his suffering is over. He was too good of a person for that. Also take pleasure in knowing that you were there for him and your mother. You need to be strong for her. We Love you and May GOD continue to comfort you.

Condolence from TELAH TARLEY on April 15th, 2008 12:00 am

i’m very sorry to hear about the loss of your father, may the lord continue to comfort you and your family at this time.

Condolence from Maranda Richardson on April 15th, 2008 12:00 am

Sorry to hear about your loss.

Condolence from Debbie Bedard on April 15th, 2008 12:00 am

I am sorry to hear about of your loss. May God blessings be with you and your family in this difficult time.You and yourfamily will be in our prayers. It will be a comfort to know you were there for him these past few months

Condolence from Nicki Fryar on April 21st, 2008 12:00 am


I am very sadden that you have had to experience the loss of your father. May God continue to keep you and your family during this period of loss and healing.

Condolence from Rose Hammond on April 24th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Mrs. Melvin and family;
Jeff was a wonderful business man many years ago. We have been surprised here by the many calls/emails from people that knew him and knew us, but all too late. Jeff called us several months ago and he told us he was going to leave and go live with God. My prayers are with the family. May you realize Jeff lived a life that helped many people realize their dreams by teaching us to be on the right road. We’ll never forget him for that. We now wish we had gone to see him before he left. He will live on in his daughters and Grandchildren.

Condolence from Alicia and Bill Baucom, Jr. on April 26th, 2008 12:00 am

Mrs. Melvin: We are so sorry for your loss. We have just learned of Mr. Melvin’s passing.

We remember him as our Sunday School teacher at First Baptist and for being so very nice to us each and every time our paths crossed.

May cherished memories of special times you two shared bring you comfort in your sorrow.

We shall keep you in our thoughts.

Alicia and Bill Baucom, Jr.

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