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James C. (J.C.) McMellon, Jr.

McMellon-JC-1Mr. James C. (J.C.) McMellon, Jr., age 91, of Mena passed away Friday, November 27, 2015 in Mena.

He was born May 31, 1924 in Ink, Arkansas to James Clarence McMellon, Sr. and Jewell Garrison McMellon.   As a young man he worked in the timber industry with his Dad and then as a Machine Operator for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1940’s and then married the love of his life, Helen White, on December 24, 1945.

He owned and operated several service stations in Mena over the years, then worked for Coca Cola Bottling Co. as a route salesman.  He retired and raised chickens and cattle while working for Glennaire Lumber Co. and the Forest Service.

He was a retired volunteer fireman for the Mena Fire Department and served on the Pension Fund Committee for several years.

He was passionate about hunting and enjoyed hunting with his son, grandsons and great-grandsons at Baker Springs in Howard County.   His story telling will be missed greatly at “deer camp.”

He loved the Lord and was a member of the First Christian Church of Mena and served as a Deacon and Elder for many years, but he most enjoyed teaching Sunday School.  He knew the Bible front to back and would gladly discuss the scriptures with anyone.  In his later years, he attended Athens Church of Christ and really enjoyed the fellowship with that congregation.

He is survived by son, Larry McMellon and Vicki Agee; grandsons, Rob McMellon and wife Amanda, Brandon McMellon and wife Stephanie, Jeremy McMellon and wife Polly, Adam McMellon and wife Stephanie; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Paulene Ferguson and Betty Brown; brother, Jimmy McMellon and wife Peggy; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Jewell McMellon; his wife, Helen McMellon; a son, Kenneth Earl McMellon; a baby daughter, Joyce Marie McMellon; and brothers Dayton, Winton, Harold, Arlon and Jerry McMellon.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Mena with Brother Donnie Jewell, Brother Victor Rowell, and Brother Gary Garrett officiating.  Interment will follow in the Old Dallas Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Monday evening, November 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Gary McMellon, Terry McMellon, Travis Ferguson, Mike White, Steve McMellon, Brian White, Kelsey Moran, and Larry Liles.

Honorary Pallbearers are Bobby Ferguson, BD White, Neal Moran, Colin White, James Mullen, Winton McMellon, Jr, Jerry White, Jack Hughes, Dennis Ferguson, and all current and retired Volunteer Firefighters.

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