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Joann Melton, a beloved matriarch, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2023, in Auburn, Alabama. Born on February 3, 1941, in Randolph County, Alabama, she was a beacon of love, selflessness, and gentleness throughout her 82 years of life.
Joann was a woman of many talents and interests. She was known for her green thumb and took great joy in tending to her garden, where she cultivated not just flowers, but also a sense of peace and tranquility. Her hard work and determination were evident in the beautiful blooms that graced her garden each season. Joann was also a skilled seamstress, a craft she pursued with passion and precision. Her creations were not just pieces of fabric stitched together, but expressions of her love and care.
In the kitchen, Joann was a culinary artist. She loved to cook, and her dishes were always a hit at family gatherings. Her recipes were cherished by her family, who often gathered around the dining table, eager to partake in the delicious meals she prepared. Joann's sense of humor was as delightful as her cooking. Known to pull the occasional prank, she had a knack for making people laugh and creating a joyful atmosphere.
Joann was a member of Taylors Crossroads Church of Christ and also attended the Church of Christ in Valley. Her faith was a guiding force in her life, and she lived it out through her selfless acts of kindness and love towards others. Joann was a true matriarch, always putting her family's needs before her own. Her love for her family was immeasurable, and she was the heart and soul of every family gathering.
Joann is survived by her loving husband, Fred Melton, and their children, Chris Melton (Melissa), Suzan Melton, and Lori Pate (Clyde). She was a doting grandmother to Brittany Christopher (Nikki), Darian Holmes, Elora Mann (Jessie), Madison Melton, Peyton Melton, Carson Melton, and Gracyn Melton. Joann also had the joy of being a great-grandmother to Justice Christopher, Carris Christopher, Sunnie Jo Mann, and Abigail Mann. She is also survived by her sister, Linda Smith (Richard), and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Freeman; brother, Curtis Freeman; and sister, Jeanette Herren.
Joann's life was a testament to the power of love, hard work, and determination. She was a woman of grace and strength, whose legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Her memory will be cherished by her family and friends, who will remember her for her selfless love, gentle spirit, and the joy she brought into their lives.
As we mourn the loss of Joann, we also celebrate her life and the many ways she touched our hearts. Her laughter, her love for her family, and her passion for life will forever be remembered. Joann Melton was a remarkable woman, and her spirit will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know her.
Funeral services for Joann will be held on Saturday, November 11th, 2023 at 2:00 PM (EST) at the Taylors Crossroads Church of Christ in Roanoke, Alabama. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pastor Donald Thompson and Pastor Ben McManus will officiate. Joann’s family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley and Saturday afternoon from 1:00 PM (EST) until the service hour at the church.
Please visit Joann’s Memorial Tribute page at www.johnsonbrownservicefh.com to leave a kind word for her family, to share a memory of Joann, or to light a Remembrance Candle in her memory.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.