Betty Melton Carswell
Betty Melton Carswell
  • July 16, 1931 - May 6, 2017
  • Ashland, Virginia

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Betty Melton Carswell, 85, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017. Born in Boiling Springs, NC, she was the daughter of Rev. A.G. Melton and Lela Wright Melton. She moved to Ashland, VA with her family as a teen and later graduated from Patrick Henry High School. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, John W. Carswell Sr. They moved to Maryland in 1964 where they raised four sons. She loved caring for her family and was a devoted mother. Betty was active in the local Presbyterian church with Circle meetings and teaching Sunday School. Always longing to return to Ashland, they moved back to Ashland in 1996 after John's retirement from the Federal Government. Betty and John delivered meals together with Meals on Wheels and attended Ashland Presbyterian Church. Betty is survived by a brother, Billy Melton (Ernestine), and a sister-in-law, Jill Wallof (Hal); her sons, John "Jay" Carswell Jr. (Jill), Robert Carswell (Rebecca), Scott Carswell (Kimberly), David Carswell (Lori); grandchildren, Derek, Will, Thomas, Allison, Matthew, Nathan, Samuel, Jeffrey, and Benjamin Carswell; great-grandchildren, Emily, Evan, and Ella Carswell. She was predeceased by her sister, Marietta Melton Duncan, and two brothers, Scott Melton and A.G. Melton Jr. The Carswell family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Alpha House for the loving care they provided over the last two years. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00 am at Ashland Presbyterian Church, 401 Virginia Street, Ashland, VA 23005. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Ashland Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be shared with the family at