Melvin Eugene Greeson, age 79, died at his Resaca home on Monday, August 27, 2018.
Mr. Greeson was born on October 19, 1938, in Gordon County, Georgia, to Vernon Edward Greeson and Winnie Maude Fowler Gree-son. Melvin attended Resaca School before attending and graduating from Calhoun High School in 1957. He was an excellent ath-lete, playing fast pitch softball, and excelling in basketball and track on the school teams. Greeson attended several Insurance Schools, including the Maryland Casualty School in Baltimore Maryland, the Risk Management School and Government Planning and Infastructure Program at the University of Georgia, and Real Estate Appraisal School at Dalton College.
Greeson was a Spec. 4th Class in the United States Army, serving as a Battalion Dispatcher and License Examiner in Fort Carson, Colorado. Throughout the years, Greeson continued to be a proud American, supporting various political and military efforts. He was a member of the Resaca Masonic Lodge #724 F&AM, as well as the Yaarab Shrine Temple.
Over the past fifty years, Melvin has served on numerous civic and community boards in Resaca, Calhoun, and Gordon County, as well as several appointed positions and elected political offices in the area, including his service as the President of the Coosa Val-ley Area Planning and Development Association, the Gordon County Optimist Club, and the Vice Chairman of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners.
As the owner of Greeson Insurance Agency in Calhoun, Melvin continually built relationships with people of all walks of life, always sharing his faith, as well as his thoughts on politics, his golf game, and life-in-general with those who crossed his path.
Mr. Greeson was a member of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents and the Georgia Independent Insurance Agents. He also belonged to the Georgia Insurance Agent’s Alliance, as well as the Trusted Choice Network of Independent Insur-ance Agents.
Melvin Greeson was formerly a member of Maranatha Baptist Church of Calhoun for more than 40 years, teaching Sunday School, leading Bible Studies, and serving on numerous Church Committees. He loved the Lord and spent countless hours reading and studying God’s word, and putting those words into action in his daily life. Greeson was a charter member of Heritage Baptist Church in Calhoun, where he currently served as a Deacon, the Assistant Church Treasurer, and a member of the Finance Commit-tee.
Greeson was an avid golfer, enjoying time on the links with his friends and family. He also enjoyed relaxing on the water, spending many summer days at their Houseboat on Lake Allatoona. Whether it was teaching his nieces and nephews how to waterski, fishing in a hidden cove, grilling out, or simply spending time with family and friends, Greeson was always savoring moments with those he loved.
Melvin also had a love for travel, especially a trip “out west” through the Rocky Mountains. As a result of his love for people and treasured memories, Melvin was often behind the lens of one of his many cameras, capturing special moments through videos and photographs.
Melvin was a loving husband to his wife, Pat, for more than 56 years. Although he never had children of his own, Melvin showed a father’s love to countless children whom he coached through local sports programs, as well as his many nieces and nephews who adoringly referred to him as “Uncle Melvin”. Each of those family members enjoyed spending time with him, savoring quality mo-ments as he was never too busy for a phone call or a visit - even if it meant driving hundreds of miles to attend a ball game, a graduation or honors event, a wedding ceremony, or the birth of a precious new life.
Mr. Greeson was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Patterson Greeson; parents, Vernon and Winnie Greeson; an infant brother, Lloyd Greeson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas “Ed” and Ethel Patterson, a brother-in-law, Lee Dell Gravitt, and a nephew, Kevin Greeson. He is survived by his sister, Ms. Lee Dell (Patsy) Gravitt; and brother, Mr. Robert (Elaine) Greeson. He is also sur-vived by four nephews, three nieces, numerous great nieces and nephews, as well as several great-great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends in the sanctuary of Heritage Baptist Church in Calhoun from 3:00-5:00pm on Thursday, August 30, with the funeral service to follow at 5:00pm. Rev. Brent Davis will be officiating and various family members sharing special mem-ories. A private family burial will be held at Chandler Cemetery in Calhoun with Rev. Randy Gravitt in charge of graveside rites.
Pallbearers serving include: Christopher Gravitt, Randy Gravitt, Ryan Gravitt, Chad Greeson, Eddie Greeson, Gene Greeson, Stanley Shafer, and Kyle Shafer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Building Fund at Heritage Baptist Church of Calhoun.
Thomas Funeral Home of Calhoun is in charge of arrangements.