The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 18, 2017 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 114 Johnson Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia, where Rev. Norris Harris is pastor. Interment will follow in the Davis Chapel Cemetery, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Repast will follow at the Davis Chapel A.M.E. Church. The body will lie in state at Davis Chapel A.M.E. Church, Oglethorpe, Georgia on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. The family will begin to accept visitation on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the residence of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Melvin located at 306 Green Mill Road, Andersonville, Georgia. You may contact the family at (478) 244-9288 or (478) 235-0767.
Catherine Melvin was born on December 11, 1923 in Schley County, Georgia to the late Rachel and Sam Williamson. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her personal savior and joined the band of Christian believers at Davis Chapel A.M.E. Church, where she served as “Mother of the Church” and sat on the Deaconess and Trustee Boards. She was joined in holy matrimony to John Henry Melvin in 1939. To this union they were blessed with eleven children. She was the 14th out of 15th siblings; all preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Henry Thomas Melvin and Joe McCuller, and one granddaughter, Barbara Felton.
She leaves to cherish her memories: ten children, Annie Pearl Hamilton (Cleve), Jimmy Melvin, Shirley Hawkins, Thelma Mitchell, Willie C. Melvin (Vernel), Mary King, John Melvin, Inez Owens (Larry), Rachel Clark (Jimmy), and Gail Rumph; a grandson she reared, Barry Melvin; twenty-four grandchildren; fifty-two great-grandchildren; and sixteen great great grandchildren.