Melvin Emerson Wilkinson age 81 of Springville, died Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Melvin worked in maintenance for Southern Clay Co. for many years. He was a former Chief of the Springville Volunteer Fire Department, and the last surviving founding member. He enjoyed traveling, line dancing, playing Bingo, woodworking, and working on things. He was a member of the Faxon Baptist Church.
He married his first wife, Florence McCulley Wilkinson on October 21, 1965, who preceded him in death on June 9, 2009; he then married Edna Inman Wilkinson July 14, 2012, who also preceded him in death on April 14, 2019.
Born May 28, 1940, in Corunna, MI, he was the son of the late Irvin Wilkinson, and the late Maxine Wilder Wilkinson.
Melvin is survived by a daughter, Eva Weller of Owosso, MI; a son in law, Floyd G. Parsons, Sr., of Springville; his fiancée, Trudie Sanson of Paris; four grandchildren, Floyd G. (Heather) Parsons, Jr., of Jackson, Tanya (Tony) Hart of Paris, Angelique Carpenter, and Simon Weller, both of Owosso, MI; seven great grandchildren, Ashley Carpenter, Estella Hart, Emmalynn Hart, Ellianna Hart, Tiffany Parsons, Sarah Parsons, and Isaac Weller; and a family friend, Erick Johnson.
Along with his parents and wives, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl L. Parsons.
Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN. Visitation will be Sunday, April 24, 2022, from 11 am – 3 pm Ridgeway Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Sunday, April 24, 2022, at 3:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home with Rand Miller officiating.
Members of the Springville Volunteer Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.
Burial with military honors will follow in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Springville.