OBITUARY: Barney Leon ‘Buddy’ Melton Jr.


Barney Leon “Buddy” Melton, Jr., 77, retired civil engineer with Stone & Webster, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at Maury Regional Medical Center.

He was born on April 14, 1947 in Wetumpka, Alabama to the late Barney Leon Melton, Sr. and the late Ruth Lanier Melton.

Buddy received his Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University where he played football for three years.

Survivors include his wife whom he married on April 20, 1968, Judith “Judy” Ladd Melton of Santa Fe; two daughters, Merry (David) Naramore of Lafayette, TN and Melody Neal of Pensacola, FL; four grandchildren, Amber Naramore, Catherine Hillis, Adrianna Neal, and Jonathan Neal; great-granddaughter, Kaislyn Hillis; two brothers in law, George (Sherry) Ladd and Ronald (Robin) Ladd both of Santa Fe.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Evelyn Lenier.

Following Buddy’s request there will be no services.

Memorials may be made to Williamsport United Methodist Church P.O Box 333 Williamsport, TN 38487.

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