Melvin Whitley was born in Wilson, North Carolina to Thomas Lee Whitley and Bertha Winstead on September 11, 1948.
He lived a life full of happiness and joy. Melvin was deeply devoted to his family and being a great father. During his life he accomplished many things. In high school, he was the senior vice president of the school newspaper at Berkley High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served in active duty.
Melvin was preceded in death by the mother of his five children, Georgia Marie Bethea Whitley.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, Treesa, Natasha, Tenietra, Trena, and Marcus; 12 grandchildren, Ian, Zyeria, Zykeis, Zykiah, Zyasia, Preston, Niya, Tyanna, Myzel, Tameron, Mylah, and Tia; and four great-grandchildren, Akoni, Zaccheus, Kamaria, Aleia; and three sisters, Mamie Graham, Ruby Graham, and Virginia Sparkling.
Below is a poem written by Melvin’s grandson, Zykeis Jones:
Cradle your dreams,
I have poured into
And in time, in you, more of me
I have loved and been
I have given and received so much in
Down no ordinary path that ends
Towards no ordinary door on hinge
And in time,
in us, more of you
Sleep, now that you are complete
your life is a love legacy.