In Dec. 30 Issue
A well-known Russell Springs businessman, pastor and founding member of the Russell County Rescue Squad passed away on Sunday at his residence.
J.D. Melson, 71, worked at Melson's Grocery and Big J Discount during his three decades in local business and was a member of Masonic Lodge #941 where he served as master and district deputy grand master during his tenure. He was a former employee of Modern Distributing and Fruit of the Loom.
He is remembered by many for helping the Russell County Rescue Squad during its beginnings in the 1970s and served as a member of the squad for many years. He also helped to run the ambulance service in the mid-70s for a couple of years during a transition period.
"He was a community leader, instrumental in helping organize the rescue squad with several of us," said H.M. Bottom, the county's emergency management director and a friend of Melson's for many years.
"He was someone you could depend one, a good friend who worked together well," Bottom said. "Just a fine man."
Melson was also a former pastor of Coffey Hill Friendship Church and, at one time, had his Sunday morning messages broadcast on WJRS 104.9 FM
He leaves behind his wife, Flonnie, and four children, Jeffery Melson, Jerry Melson, Ricky Melson and Rhonda Boldman and a host of other family and friends.
His funeral is set for 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31 at Bernard Funeral Home in Russell Springs.