James Robert Melton, age 75, of Hodges Gap Road, Boone, passed away Friday morning, April 30, 2021 at Catawba County Medical Center in Hickory.

Born August 7, 1945 in Norfolk County, Virginia, he was a son of Hugh and Grace Temple Melton. James loved his family and enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren. He loved to travel, and was always ready to hit the road at the drop of a hat. All of his working career was in customer service. He was employed by the Raleigh Capital Area Transit in Raleigh, at Quality Plus in Vilas, Walmart of Boone and at the Honey Bear Camp Ground in Boone.
James is survived by his wife, Kay Anderson Melton; daughters, Angelia Rollinson and husband, Tony, of Dunn, Jennifer Pleasant and husband, Charles, of Angier; son, Randall Melton and wife, Shelia, of Kernersville; grandchildren, Misty Germonto, April Joyner, and friend, T.J., Blake Joyner, Samantha Melton, Codi Joyner, and Jacob Melton; great-grandchildren, Chase Phillips and Ayden Perry; sisters, Debbie White and husband, Bob, of Garner, and Trudy Parker of Benson; sister-in-law, Jane Ann Hodges and husband, Bobby and brother-in-law, Hal Anderson and wife, Gail, all of Boone.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 39 years, Phyllis Melton.
Funeral services for James Robert Melton will be conducted Monday morning, May 3rd, at 11 o'clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. David Icenhour and Mrs. Poole of Jane Poole Ministries. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 11, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Graveside services will be private. The family requests all visitors to please wear a mask and to observe social distancing.
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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Melton family.

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