William Benson (“Bill”) Melton left this earthly world and entered the eternal realm on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Janet, who provided care as his last illness attacked him; and by his brothers and sister, Bobby Melton of Forsyth, Steve Melton of Columbus, and Elizabeth Melton of Forsyth; a son, Marc, and daughter, Traci, and three grandchildren. His parents and an infant son, Michael, predeceased him. Janet’s son, David Pinholster, and his family also touched Bill’s heart and call him “Grampa Bill”.
Bill was born on July 14, 1952, to William Harold Melton and Louise Benson Melton, and grew up in Bolingbroke on the family dairy farm.
He graduated from Mary Persons High School, Class of 1970, and as #81, was a member of Dan Pitts’ MPHS football teams of 1967-68-69, which compiled a 26-5-1 record, winning the Region 5-B championship in 1968, and runnersup in 1969. As a safety in the ’68 season, he had an interception in the West Point game, and in the championship victory over Armuchee, 28-13, as a split end he had a TD pass reception from QB Lawton Davis; in the 1969 season, he was co-captain with Barry Ivey and Mike Rodeheaver, and had a big touchdown catch from Denzil Davis and a 2-point conversion reception, in the Bulldogs 5-B championship game loss to Trion.
Bill’s employment took him around a number of locations for Georgia Power and he was a system operator in Atlanta and Birmingham with Southern Company, and he had a long career in the electric utility industry.
A celebration of life will be at Ebenezer Methodist Church on the 30th of April, at 11:00 AM, with visitation an hour prior to the service.
Anyone who might wish to make memorial gifts in Bill’s honor may consider those who render services and research for Parkinson’s Disease, a devastating illness.
Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.