Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Jesse D. â€œFrenchieâ€ Melancon, age 84, who passed away Dec. 25, 2010. Harry Tackett of West Alameda Church of Christ will officiate with interment at South Park Cemetery. â€œFrenchieâ€ was born April 27, 1926, in Garyville, La., to Clarence and Philomene Melancon who have preceded him in death as well as his wife, Shirley, and a brother, Clarence Melancon. â€œFrenchieâ€ proudly served his country in WWII, serving with the United States Air Force. After the Air Force, he went to work for Mountain Bell Telephone and retired after 30 years of service in 1981.
He was an active member of West Alameda Church of Christ for many years. He is survived by two sons: Dennis Melancon and wife, Mary, of Golden, Mo., and Terry Melancon and wife, Deborah, of Roswell; a daughter, Kathy Sudduth and husband, Mike, of Roswell; five grandchildren: Stacey Kenyon and husband, David, of Roswell, Lana Melancon of Toms River, N.J., Randy Melancon of Sheridan, Wyo., Casey Cyr and husband, Brendt, of Columbia, Mo., and Rick Melancon, of Roswell.
He is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Jon and Zach Ledbetter of Ozark, Mo., and Alex and Trinity Kenyon of Roswell; nine step-grandchildren; eight step-greatgrandchildren; two sisterin- laws, Patsy Turner of Roswell and Jean Turner of Arizona; and numerous family and friends. Pallbearers will be Dale Berry, Rick Melancon, Randy Melancon, Forest Metcalf, Robert Turner and David Kenyon. Honorary pallbearers will be Jon Ledbetter, Zach Ledbetter, Alex Kenyon and Brendt Cyr and the elders and deacons of West Alameda Church of Christ.
He was a wonderful, loving and caring dad, grandpa, papa, a true Cajun and a friend who was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. We are so grateful that you and mom are together again after 11 years. Thanks, Dad, for all you did and for always being there for us. We couldnâ€™t have asked for a better dad. You will always be in our hearts forever.
A special â€œthank you,â€ to Dr. Denton and Dr. Antenucci and their staff for the wonderful care they provided to him. We would also like to thank the members of West Alameda Church of Christ for all their love and support shown to dad throughout the years and to us during this difficult time. Friends and family may leave condolences online at www.lagronefuneralchapels .com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.