Melba Studdard Melton
Melba Studdard Melton
  • March 13, 1928 - December 10, 2017
  • Montgomery, Alabama

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Melba Marie Studdard Melton, 89, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2017. Melba was a loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Oakley Webster Melton Jr. and her brother Dwight Studdard. She leaves to cherish her love and memory her five children: Ree Smith (Sage), Oakley Melton III (Diane), Marcia Hudson (Adams), Lee Hayes, and Ben Melton. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren: Marlee Terry (William), Sage Smith, Jr. (Ally), Ben Smith, Stead, Wylie and Will Hayes, Davis and Bentley Hudson, and three great grandchildren: Eleanor, Sally, and Lida Terry. Other survivors include her brother Dr. Jerry Studdard and nephews Jim Melton, John, Scott, and Jed Studdard, and nieces Julie Studdard and Jo Outsama. The family would like to extend appreciation to her loyal caregivers Eloise Jones, Ann Calloway, Jessie Tucker, Gloria Jackson, Debra Starks, Clara Flemming and Ethel Powell as well as her Hospice nurse Sheila Wingo.

Melba was born in Centre, Alabama on March 13, 1928 to Hazel Irene Davis Studdard and Brodice Noah Studdard. She was the Salutatorian of her 1946 Chilton County High School graduating class and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1950 with a degree in Foods and Nutrition. While at the University of Alabama, Melba was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and received the Borden Home Economics Scholarship Award.

Melba devoted her life to her family, church and community. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church and held many leadership positions as President of United Methodist Women, Chairman of Circle 1, Chairman of the Interior Decorating Committee, Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, first Chairman of the Bazaar Luncheon and Head of the Bazaar Frozen Foods room. She also started the Mother-Daughter Banquet at the church and served on the Board of Trustees. Melba was in charge of so many committees at the church that her friends often referred to her as "The Pope".

Melba also shared her leadership skills in her community where she served as President of the Dogwood Garden Club, President of the Junior Thespian Literary Society, and President of the Alpha Gamma Delta Alumnae. She was also a loyal member of her Sewing Club where she enjoyed time with lifelong friends.

Melba was blessed with the gift of hospitality and she loved nothing more than entertaining for friends and family. She was well-known for her hearty meals at home, nutritious breakfasts at their vacation home on Lake Martin, and tailgate food for Alabama football games.

Memorial Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 11:00 am with Dr. Karl Stegall and Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Active Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, 2416 W. Cloverdale Park, Montgomery, AL 36106 or the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 241661, Montgomery, AL 36124.