Melvin E. White, 81, of Lake City, died Saturday, April 16, 2005, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.
He was born in Booneville, Miss., and lived in St. Louis, Mo., before moving to Lake City in 1990. He operated a service station in Bowman from 1951 until 1956 and then worked for Huffman refrigeration in St. Louis before his retirement in 1984. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Lake City United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Joy White, of the home; two sons, Melvin D. White and Jimmy White, both of Jonesboro; two daughters, Melba Gatlin of Jonesboro, Brenda Fels of St. Charles, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Guy Gatlin, Michelle Johnson, Jeremy White, Amanda Creasy, Crystal Welborn, Jerry Fels, Cindy Fels, and Kim Fels and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Van and Annie Mae White, and a son, Larry Hawkins.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) in the Pine Log Cemetery with Rev. Bruce Higgins officiating. Burial was under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
Pallbearers are Jimmy white, Melvin D. White, Jeremy White, Eric Creasy, Johnny Gatlin, James Welborn, and Jimmy Hawkins.