Walter Gordon Melson

Born: Tue., Dec. 12, 1944
Died: Thu., Mar. 5, 2015


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 07, 2015
Location: Callaway Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Mar. 08, 2015
Location: Raytown Baptist Church

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Walter Gordon Melson

Walter Gordon Melson, age 70, of Crawfordville, Georgia, died Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation.  Walter was a lifelong resident of Taliaferro County and a member of the Raytown Baptist Church.  He was born on December 12, 1944 in Washington, GA, the son of the late Walter Jackson Melson and Grace Yearwood Melson.  Walter grew up in Crawfordville and graduated from Alexander Stephens Institute.  On May 30, 1970 he married Katherine Vandiver and they made their home in Crawfordville.  During his working career he worked for The Georgia Forestry Commission and Alexander H. Stephens State Park as a ranger.  He was also a pipe fitter and plumber. In his spare time you would find him fishing or coon hunting. His many talents included playing numerous instruments, the piano, harmonica and guitar.  Most important to him was his love for his family.   
In addition to his wife of nearly forty-five years, Katherine Melson of Crawfordville, GA, he is survived by his son, Jack Melson (Danielle) of Augusta, GA; grandchildren, Kinsley Grace Melson and Joey Lee Chadwick; a brother, Jerry Melson (Yvonne) of Conyers, GA; two sisters, Fannie Nunn (Kenneth) of Crawfordville, GA and Betty Brand (George) of Hephzibah, GA; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Raytown Baptist Church, 4641 Raytown Church Road NE, Crawfordville, GA 30631 with Rev. Wade Palmer officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are the deacons of Raytown Baptist Church: Les Sales, David Foot, Lloyd Kelley, Larry Moore, Marvin  Moore and Aaron Rimes.  The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday night at Callaway Funeral Home in Union Point, GA.  Memorials may be made to Katherine Melson, 899 Upper Mill Road, Crawfordville, GA 30631.  Callaway Funeral Home, 208 N. Rhodes St., Union Point, GA, (706) 486-4138, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us online at to sign the guest register.

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Charlotte White
   Posted Fri March 06, 2015
Kathy and Family,

Thank you for letting me know about Walter. I am so sorry for your loss, but I know he is no longer suffering and in a much better place. Walter was a part of my growing up years in Crawfordville.

Love and prayers,

   Posted Fri March 06, 2015
Our memories of Walter will be his love of music and the talent he used to lift up the name of his Lord Jesus Christ. Our prayer would be that each of us would follow his example to use our talents that All might come to know Jesus as Savior.
May the Love of God be with each of you as you grieve your loss. Just know your many friends are praying for you. WE LOVE YOU!

Ralph H. Flynt
   Posted Fri March 06, 2015
I remember back in High School Walter won in 1st place in State Discus throwing & came second in Shot Putt. I haven't seen Walter in a long time, but think about him often.
He is the only one from Alexander Stephens Institute to go to State in SportsThat I know.
Walter was a great athelete and a friend to many.

Larry and Toni Cannon
   Posted Fri March 06, 2015
Katherine Sue and Family

Condolences from your past Greensboro neighbor.

Loretta Black
   Posted Sat March 07, 2015
Such a loss for our family,I met Uncle Walter when I was Twelve,I thought Aunt Kat would never marry,but he won her heart,such a good man,remembering the day I had been playing and was dirty but I could see the love in his face.We used to go coon hunting together with other friends and we had a blast,now he is with our Lord and Savior,thank you Jesus for putting Walter in our lives.Until we meet again.......

Terri Kimbrel
   Posted Sat March 07, 2015
Thank you for posting this memorial of cousin Walter, memories of his music and the talent he used to share with those he cared and loved always. Rest in Peace Walter and sending hugs and prayers to the family and friends. May comfort cover all

Robert& Annette Dowdy
   Posted Sun March 08, 2015
Katherine and family we were so sorry to hear of your loss . You have our deepest sympathy.