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Jackson 05/12/2009

Frank Melton remembered

By Julie Straw - bio | email

Jackson, MS (WLBT) - Hundreds flocked to Thalia Mara Hall to say goodbye to Frank Melton.  When the memorial ceremony ended some folks stopped and talked to WLBT. 

"Lord we are going to miss him," prayed Rev. Charles E. Polk.  "One day we will see him again."

After the last prayer was lifted hundreds emerged from Thalia Mara Hall.  Emotions ran high following the hour long ceremony commemorating Melton's life.  

"It was more of a celebration," said former Jackson Mayor Dale Danks of the memorial ceremony.  "The reflection of a man's life that gave so much to so many other people who did his dead level best to help this city and it's citizens."

Plenty of familiar faces were in attendance.  Many knew Jackson's mayor years before he held that title. 

"Frank called me almost everyday.  He called me at home and I'm going to miss him. He was a dear friend and I'm going to miss him," said Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen.

Even those who never met Melton gathered their families together to pay their respects. 

"You have to admire and respect his ambitions and his aspirations for the city of Jackson.  He's just a good person," said Angie Lewis, who never met Melton.

"We had to come on our lunch break, but we came just to give respect to the honorable Frank Melton.  Our boss who is Dr. Chapman, she thought we should come," said Glendora Singleton who left Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center to attend the funeral.

Frank Melton often spoke of his heart for the capital city's children.  His generosity was apparent to Susan White.

"He came to my home and he didn't make a difference between me or anybody else.  He helped both of my boys," said White. 

Her sons lived with Melton's family for a time and one was still being mentored by the mayor when he died.

"If it wasn't for Frank Melton and Mrs. Melton I don't know where my boys would have been," said White. 

Similar stories were echoed as Jackson said a last goodbye to Frank Melton.

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