Nov. 7, 1931-Feb. 7, 2018

Melvin Dees Anderson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by his family.

Melvin was born in Wayne County, N.C., Nov. 7, 1931, to the late John Henry and Sallie A. Anderson. He was married to Jean Turnage Anderson for 62 years.

In his early years, Melvin helped with the family barbecue business; then was a successful farmer for many years.

Later, he enjoyed his garden and sharing it with family and friends.

More recently, friends started to notice his absence from his front porch swing as declining health kept him inside more.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a service to celebrate Melvin's life at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Tony McLamb and Dr. Alan Lamm. Interment will follow at Wayne Memorial Park.

In addition to his wife, Melvin is survived by a daughter, Karen A. Utley of Fayetteville, N.C., and a brother, David Paul Anderson of Pikeville.

In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by a son, Andy Melvin Anderson Nov. 7, 2006; son-in-law, Ray C. Utley; brothers, Malcolm Anderson and Robert Anderson; and sisters, Ruth Williamson, Fannie Isler, Nellie Taylor, Lois Bailey and Sadie Sullivan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

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