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2011/04/03 - Michael Mackey Melton, “Mickey"

Michael Mackey  Melton, “Mickey

Michael Mackey Melton, “Mickey"



     Each Sunday, Texas Bank and Trust recognizes a member of our community who willingly and gladly gives of their talent and time to help make Longview and our surrounding area a better place for all of us.
     Michael Mackey Melton, “Mickey,” as the public knew him, loved his community and had a special place in his heart for kids.  He served the Longview Independent School District (Longview ISD) as a member of the school board and Mickey was instrumental in establishing the Longview ISD Foundation. 
     On Thursday, April 7, 2011, the Foundation will posthumously honor Mickey Melton at the Lamplighter Awards Banquet with the ninth annual Cornerstone Award for his vision, dedication, and service to Longview ISD.  The awards banquet will be held at Pinecrest Country Club, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and will also pay tribute to students and the educators and school staff who are special to them in their school lives.
     Ms. Kay Ray, Executive Director of the Longview ISD Foundation, said, “When I introduced him as a LHS Distinguished Alumni, (possibly in 2002 or 03-can’t remember), I said that Mickey was the kind of person that always made me want to be a better person.  Mickey was never part of the problem; instead, he was always part of the solution.  He was a gentleman and a gentle spirit.”
     At the time of his death, Mickey was especially involved in the work at Camp Gilmont and with the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. He had also served on the Longview Race Relations Committee and belonged to the Greggton Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.
     Mickey was born in Longview and was a graduate of the Longview High School Class of 1973.  Other than his time spent away at Texas A&M University, obtaining a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics, Mickey spent his entire life in Longview. Mickey and his wife, Rebecca, have been married 32 years and have three adult daughters.  He served Alpine Presbyterian Church faithfully as an elder, a Sunday school teacher to middle school and high school students, and was a tenor in the choir.
    “Mickey cherished his family and always wanted to live and work in Longview and raise his family here,” Rebecca Melton said.  “He volunteered because he wanted to make a difference in the community.  He wanted the best for his own children and other children as well.”
     Mickey lived from February 10, 1955, until April 10, 2010.  Thank you, Rebecca, for allowing us to share the memories, the accomplishments, the dedication to his community, and the volunteer heart of your husband, Mickey Melton.

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