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Leonard Clayton Melton
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Leonard Clayton Melton, age 81, of Cedar Bluff, VA passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Grundy Heritage Hall. He was born February 1, 1937 to Ora and Effie (Wooton) Melton in Wooton, Kentucky. He was a graduate of Leslie County High School in May of 1954. Len completed Aviation Electronics Technician School in December 1956 at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Memphis, Tennessee. He served in the US Navy 42nd Patrol Squadron from December 1955 to 1959 before his honorable discharge. He was employed by Ryerson of Pounding Mill until his retirement.

Preceded in death by his father Ora, and his mother Effie.

He was a loving father to Stacy (Brian) Whiteside. Devoted "Papaw" to Colby, Caden, and Mackenzie Whiteside. Beloved brother of Gerald (Mary) Melton, Maraget (Floyd) Mahan, Carolyn (Eddie) Begley, and Damon (Joyce) Melton, and many nieces and nephews. Special friend Versel Murphy and family including Cindy Cordle, Austin (Katie), Amber, Stacie,baby Ryan, and many others.

Lifelong golfer and sports enthusiast, Len enjoyed golfing at the Tazewell County Country Club and competing with their seniors group at various clubs. He won many awards including "Closest to the pin" at the 1999 Tazewell County Fair golf tournament. He was a 50 year member of the Grand Lodge of the Masons of Ohio, and a regular donor to various Shriner's causes including the Shriner's Hospital for Children. He was awarded the commission of Kentucky Colonel by the governor of Kentucky, the highest title of honor bestowed by the governor in recognition for noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or nation.

Private family service planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shriner's Hospital for Children Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, in Len's name.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.SingletonFuneralService.com.
Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff, VA is serving the family of Leonard Melton.


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