Gene R. Mellott Orlando, Fla., 76
Gene Ralph Mellott, 76, Orlando, Fla., died Monday, February 6, 2012.
He was born to Vernon Lee and Bessie Jane Mellott onJune 3, 1935, in Needmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Genevia Mellott Ridenhour, Madeline Mellott Davis and Walter Vernon Mellott.
On May 22, 1954, he married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Barnhart. During their nearly 58 years of marriage, Gene andMarywereblessed with two daughters: Diane Eugeneia Bennett (Michael) and Rene Marie Rodon (George); five grandchildren: Merrijo Bennett-Hale (Michael), Ian Bennett, Kevin Jenkins, Michele Rodon- Carver (Tom) and Carolyn Rodon; four great-grandchildren: Tyler Hale, Drew Hale, Allie Bennett and Maxwell Carver; and his favorite fourlegged buddy, “Flipsy” aka “Snoopi.”
He was affectionately known as “GR” to Mary, “Daddy” to Diane and Rene, and “Granddad” to his wonderful grandchildren. His family was his pride and joy; always looking out for everyone and making sure that everyone was doing well.
He proudly served his country for 20 years in the United States Navy. His time in the service took him and his family to many places on land and sea. After retiring from the military in 1971 in Orlando, Fla., he worked for the U.S. Post Office and Walt Disney World for a few years and then decided to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and he and his wife owned and operated an upholstery business in central Florida until retired in 1999.
He attended Audubon Park Covenant Church where he was an usher, greeter and wonderful friend to his church family. He was always helping with various church projects and activities.
A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 10, at Baldwin- Fairchild Conway Chapel. Rev. Jim DeGrado officiated. Interment with full military honors was in the celebration at the Chapel Hill Cemetery (Garden of Life) in Orlando.