MELTON, Allen W., 72, of Mechanicsville, VA was called home on September 13, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Onza A. Melton and Mary Alice Brewer Melton; his wife, Pamala (Sample) Melton; and three brothers and one sister.
Allen is survived by his daughter, Candith Bruner (Ian); son, Chad Melton; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings, Loretta Pierce and Junior Melton (Carol Ann); and numerous beloved sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Raised in Galax, VA, Allen was a fun-loving child who gravitated outdoors where he enjoyed gardening alongside his mother and countless hours playing with his siblings, cousins, and friends.
Allen attended Milligan College where he met his wife of 48 years. His love and tender care of her was evident throughout their courtship and marriage, even beyond her passing.
Allen’s love for the Lord grew through the guidance of his wife. Active in the church, he held positions of office and served as a Sunday School teacher for most of his adult life. He avidly studied the scripture and sent devotions via text and email to family and friends nearly every day.
Allen’s nearly 45 years with Southern States Cooperative began in management and rose to executive leadership. Over the decades, he served as a member, officer, and/or executive board leader for numerous organizations, including the Virginia Cooperative Council and Virginia 4-H. Allen believed in open communication, collaboration, and integrity.
He also believed in acts of service. He was a lifelong volunteer, always asking where he could help and lending support when he could. The same held true in his retirement as he assisted with church activities, feeding the homeless, escorting patients to and from their medical appointments through Let’s Go Services, preparing shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, and much more. Allen was a beacon of hope and encouragement to those he served and those who served alongside of him.
Allen will be remembered fondly for his good humor, devotion to church and family, leadership, and volunteerism.
A joyful celebration of Allen’s life will be held at Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville, VA at 2pm on Saturday, October 7, 2023. Online condolences may be shared at affinityfuneralservice.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in support of either Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child or Bon Secours’ Hospice as detailed below.