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Colon ‘Frank’ Franklin Melvin

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Colon “Frank” Franklin Melvin, 91, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family.
Frank was born Nov. 10, 1930, in Clarkton, to Colon and Tiny Melvin. He was preceded in death by his brother, Carson Melvin.

He attended Clarkton School and enrolled in the U.S. Army in June 1948. He was attached to the 817th Engineering Aviation Battalion, a special division of the Army assigned to the Air Force. Frank was stationed at March Air Force Base in California, moving to USAF Fairford and USAF Chelveston, England in 1950.
Frank met and married Gladys Clayton in 1952. Frank and Gladys lived in Cheltenham, England, before moving back to Clarkton, where Frank lived the rest of his life. After an honorable discharge from the Army at the rank of sergeant, Frank started a career with the U.S. Postal Service, serving as Clarkton postmaster from 1973 until 1989.
Frank was a member of many organizations and devoted his life to the service of his community.
Recognition:
• North Carolina Outstanding Volunteer Service Governor’s Award—2003
• WRAL-TV Public Service Award—1968
Volunteering/Organizations:
• Founding Member, American Air Museum, Duxford, England
• Clarkton Fire Department:
o Member, Assistant Chief and Chief
• Clarkton Rescue Squad
o Founding Member, Communications Officer and Chief
• EMT Instructor/Examiner
• North Carolina Association of Rescue Squads, Member
• Clarkton Lions Club—member, past President
• Licensed Amateur Radio Operator
o Member, US Army Military Affiliate Radio System
o Member, American Radio Relay League
o Officer, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services, Civil Defense
o Member, Bladen County Civil Defense
• Boy Scouts of America Troop 605 Treasurer
The family received friends Sunday, July 3, at Clarkton Presbyterian Church with his funeral service following. Revs. Charles Hester and Barrett Ingram officiated the service. Burial was in the Clarkton Cemetery.
Frank and Gladys had four children, Darrel Melvin (fianceé, Becky Tidwell), Deborah Melvin (Gary Saber), Pamela Bahm (Jim), Patricia Robinson (Jerry). Frank loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Colon Melvin (Cássia), Brandi Venema (Peter), Megan Powell (Grayson), Lauren Horne (Kevin), Quinton Bahm and Daulton Bahm. Great-grandchildren are Marlee and Macelyn Robinson, Gunner Powell and Grace Horne. Frank also leaves behind two sisters, Janice Edwards (Alton) of Riegelwood, Jo Blackburn of Clarkton; and sister-in-law, Sarah Melvin.

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