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Deems Melvin Jr. Deems Melvin Jr., 83, of Lynchburg, went home to be with his Lord, Monday, February 17, 2014. He was the devoted husband of Gracie Hughes Melvin. Born April 12, 1930, in Roseboro, N..C., he was the son of the late Deems Melvin Sr. and the late Annie Melvin and was also preceded in death by a sister, Janie Bell Johnson; and brother, Lee Dell Melvin. Mr. Melvin was a dedicated educator for 30 years with the Lynchburg Public School System. He held degrees in education from St. Paul's College, Lynchburg College and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Melvin had a love for life, zeal for the lord and a smile that was unforgettable and infectious. As a talented athlete, he played various sports in high school, college and the military; he was also an accomplished musician, playing the trumpet, drums and keyboard. For most of his adult life, and as a member of Tree of Life Ministries, his passion was teaching, sharing the gospel, encouraging, and inspiring people through song. In addition to his wife, his daughter, Cathy Ann Melvin Hiske and her husband, Allen, of Rustburg, VA; his son, Leland D. Melvin of Washington, D.C.; one granddaughter, Brittany Melvin; and his great-granddaughter, Ciara Melvin of Lynchburg, survive him. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Tree of Life Ministries, 2812 Greenview Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24502, with Pastor J. Mike Dodson officiating. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 16. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 22, 2014, 1 p.m. at Tree of Life Ministries, for one hour prior to the service. The family will also receive cards and condolences at: The Melvin Family, 100 Capstone Drive, Unit #105, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

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  • annr1950 posted at 4:19 pm on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    annr1950 Posts: 3

    Dear Gracie, Leland, Kathy and Brittany: Deems Melvin is absolutely one of my favorite people! I was so saddened to learn of your loss yet rejoicing that Deems is with his Lord and Savior whom he served, praised, and worshipped. He was a living testimony to the power of Christ. I have such fond memories . . . and still have pictures . . . of piano recitals, choir rehearsals and wonderful music with Deems. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Ann Rogers
    Bedford, VA

  • Ramage posted at 7:49 pm on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    Ramage Posts: 2

    I am sadden to hear yesterday the passing of Mr. Melvin. He use to play ball with us
    younger guys on Fort Ave. He was always encouraging and had an awesome way
    to make you feel good about yourself as a young man. You will be missed by all
    may God Bless the family .

    Lynn D. Ramage

  • Beth posted at 10:28 pm on Sat, Feb 22, 2014.

    Beth Posts: 7

    I remember when Mr. Melvin came and sang at our church many years ago. He greatly used his talents to magnify the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you celebrate the life of this child of God.

  • darrelramage posted at 12:17 pm on Sat, Feb 22, 2014.

    darrelramage Posts: 5

    So sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in the word during your time of bereavement.

  • salvy posted at 11:15 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    salvy Posts: 1

    My condolences to the family.
    May you all be blessed at every memory of Deems with Joy and Peace. The fond memories I have of him will always be with me. Jesus, music, ministry and more Jesus being his delight as he endeavored to unite churches in the fight against an oppressed population in this great city has incited many individuals to loving their neighbors. But nothing compared to the way he Loved his family. Family, I say to you, You are blessed and may the blessings of your heavenly Father fill in all the gaps as as Deems enjoys the blessing of being in his presence.


  • Bart Brinkman posted at 9:44 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    Bart Brinkman Posts: 1

    To Leland and his family;
    My most heartfelt condolences go out to you at this time of loss. I was only around Mr. Melvin a short time while Leland and I were at UR together but he was a man who was infectious with his joyous spirit and always made you feel like he was genuinely happy to be in your presence but you walked away feeling happy that you had been with him for a few moments. I will keep you in my prayers as you go forward.

    Bart Brinkman

  • Mel Parker posted at 6:47 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    Mel Parker Posts: 14

    To Gracie and family, my sincere condolences, I have fond memories of Deems when he taught at Linkhorne Middle School.

  • JW Burton posted at 4:23 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    JW Burton Posts: 18

    You may not remember me, but you and Deems worked with me during the "Alive 88"
    Crusade in Lynchburg. I will be in prayer for you and your family as you celebrate and
    grieve Deem's homegoing.
    JW Burton

  • shaycobbs posted at 2:07 pm on Thu, Feb 20, 2014.

    shaycobbs Posts: 2

    Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Rev. Dr. James and Michelle Cobbs

  • connie posted at 8:44 am on Thu, Feb 20, 2014.

    connie Posts: 4

    Richard and I knew Deems as a warm kind man of God . We love and respect him. We call him our friend. He always wanted to please God in whatever he did. We know he is rejoicing in heaven, and resting in the presence of the LORD.
    May the Holy Spirit bring peace and comfort during this time.
    Praise God we know this that we shall see Deems again!
    Grace we love you and are praying for you and the family .

    Richard & Connie Long

  • TERESA posted at 7:15 am on Thu, Feb 20, 2014.

    TERESA Posts: 2

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I haven't seen him in years but wanted the family to know what a wonderful man he was. He was my teacher in school and I absolutely loved him. I will keep the family in my prayers. God Bless you all.


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