James Richard Melton, 91, of Pryor, passed from this life on Saturday, August 22, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born on September 13, 1928 in Texas; the son of William Franklin and Myrtel Mae “Allen” Melton. In his younger years, James was a professional baseball player. He owned his own business, JR’s Construction. He was married to Lila (Ward) Melton for 49 years who passed 10 years ago. On February 8, 2002, he married Jo Lyn (Judd) Melton. James was an outdoorsman and enjoyed catfishing, and deer and elk hunting. He was a loving husband, father, and great grandfather who will be so dearly missed.
There will be no services held for James. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
James is survived by his wife, Jo Lyn, of the home; sons, James R. Melton Jr. and wife Anita of Beggs, Oklahoma, Jack R. Melton and wife Marissa of Collinsville, Oklahoma, Jeff R. Melton of Oklahoma; step son, Marcell R. Dodds; step daughters, Dacia J. King, Sarah B. Ratzlaff, and Dea E. Dodds; brother, Virgil Melton of Texas; 9 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild.
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