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Cecil Ray Melton
October 5, 1950 ~ September 22, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Cecil Ray Melton, a beloved father, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2023, in Monroe, North Carolina. Born on October 5, 1950, in Pageland, South Carolina, Cecil was a man of great character, known for his kindness, humor, and friendly demeanor. Cecil was raised in Pageland and attended Petersburg School, where he demonstrated an early aptitude for leadership and responsibility. These traits carried him into his professional life, where he worked diligently as a manager and in transportation for a turkey farm in Jefferson, South Carolina. His dedication and hard work were admired by all who worked alongside him. Cecil's life was not only defined by his work but also by his passions. He found joy in the simple pleasures of life, such as listening to music, fishing, and hunting. His love for the outdoors was only surpassed by his love for spending time with family and friends. He was the life of every gathering, his laughter echoing the longest and his stories the most captivating. Cecil's family was his pride and joy. He leaves behind his loving children Cecil Melton of Michigan, Crystal Blakeney of Charlotte, and Scott Melton of Bennettsville. He was preceded in death by his son Kelvin Ingram. He is survived by his siblings, his brothers Butch and Richard Melton, and his sisters Lynette Fernandez and Beverly Thornton. Each of them played a significant role in his life, and he cherished every moment spent with them. Cecil was a man who lived his life with a positive outlook, always seeing the best in others. His kind spirit touched the lives of all those he encountered, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts. His infectious laughter and easygoing nature will be remembered by all. In the words of the late Maya Angelou, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Cecil Ray Melton embodied this sentiment perfectly. He made everyone he met feel special and valued, and his legacy of love and friendship will continue to live on in the hearts of those he has left behind. Cecil's life was a testament to the power of kindness and the importance of family. He lived his life to the fullest, cherishing every moment and making the most of his time on Earth. He taught us the value of laughter, the importance of love, and the joy of living each day with an open heart. His memory will continue to inspire those who knew him and will serve as a beacon of light in the lives of his loved ones. As we remember Cecil Ray Melton, we celebrate a life well-lived, a man well-loved, and a legacy that will continue to inspire. He will be deeply missed.