Walter Gordon Melson

December 12, 1944 ~ March 5, 2015 (age 70)

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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