Melissa Sue Church, 48, of Holloway Mountain Road, Boone, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Watauga Medical Center.

Born April 13, 1966 in Watauga County, Melissa was a daughter of Jack and Mary Ruth Presnell Church.


She is survived by her mother, Mary Ruth Church of Elizabethton, TN; three sisters, Jackie Bridges and husband, Tab, and Joyce Henson and husband, Garry, all of Boone, and Pauline Greene and husband, David, of Sugar Mountain; her brother, Marty Church and wife, Jackie, of Elizabethton, Tenn.; and her niece and nephew, Brandie and Garrett Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Church; and nephew, Galen Henson.

Memorial services for Melissa, officiated by Minister Dan Burks, will be held Friday, April 18th at 3:00 PM at Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel with visitation to follow. The family respectfully requests no food, and suggests memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Church family.

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