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March 7, 1934-Jan. 6, 2018

"Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His Word, Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know," Thus saith the Lord" ...

Mother Ada Knight Melvin, 83, Goldsboro, N.C., peacefully transitioned Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C.

She was born March 7, 1934, in Goldsboro, N.C., and attended Wayne County Public Schools.

She received her college education and degrees in religious education and sociology from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, East Carolina University and Shaw University.

In 1954, she married the late Bishop James Lee Melvin, and together they had three children, Valerie, Linda and Denise.

She worked as a teacher and an administrator at O'Berry Center, and dedicated herself to helping others and a lifetime of service.

She served as vice chairperson of the board of directors for Wayside Fellowship Home.

She was a member of St. Mark Church of Christ, which her family founded, for more than 70 years, and served as first lady for 43 years, after the retirement of her husband, she was honored with the title of first lady emeritus.

She served as director of the general board of missions for the General Assembly Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, International.

She was a member of the state and Goldsboro-Raleigh district Minister's Wives and Widows Associations. She held numerous positions in national and local ministerial and community organizations, and received many awards for her service.

She was an avid musician, and enjoyed singing and playing the piano. She was admired by many, and was a woman who always had a word of wisdom. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters, and was predeceased by her husband, Bishop James Melvin.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Mark Church of Christ, 700 W. Ash St. in Goldsboro, N.C. The family will receive friends during an inspirational wake at the church Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Goldsboro-Raleigh District Assembly Headquarters located at 211 W. Hooks River Road, Goldsboro, N.C. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

At other times, the family will receive friends at the residence, where it will assemble in preparation for the funeral procession.

Arrangements provided by Haskins Funeral Home of Goldsboro, N.C.


Published in Obituaries on January 10, 2018 8:05 AM