Otis Walter Melton
October 30, 1932 – December 18, 2018
Otis Walter Melton, age 86 of Copperhill passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in Copperhill, TN. He was born on October 30, 1932 in Blue Ridge, GA to the late Allan Monroe Melton and Nola Simmonds Melton. He was a member of McCaysville Church of God, served as deacon, served on pastor’s counsel and was a greeter. Otis worked as a mechanic for Pack’s Service Station for many years and at Collis Hardware in McCaysville. He was an avid outdoorsmen. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Otis was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Eva Burnette and Edna Sissum.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ellen Melton of Copperhill, TN; daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte (Rick) Curtis of Copperhill, TN; son, Allan Melton of Copperhill, TN; two sisters, Ethel (Lemman) Davenport of Blue Ridge, GA and Estalee Simmonds of Dahlonega, GA; five grandchildren, Michelle (Aaron) Lewis, Kelly (Nathan) Henson, Brett (Ashley) Curtis, Michael (Sandy) Melton and Jason (Nickee) Melton; nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. from McCaysville Church of God with Rev. Steve Lamb and Rev. Brett Curtis officiating. Music will be by Dewayne Housley, Roy Tipton and Bev. Whitmer. Interment will follow in the Bethel Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Melton, Jason Melton, Levi Melton, Nathan Henson, Brody Henson, Aaron Lewis, Michael Lewis and Blake Satterfield. Honorary Pallbearers will be Butch Pittman, Jerry Pack, Joe Pack, Jacky Pack, Larry Collis and Men of McCaysville Church of God. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.
Since taking the reigns of the wrestling program at Fannin County High School, head coach David Henson has been working to create a winning culture. Each year he begins the season with a team meeting, where he discusses team and individual goals and expectations. While he expects his athletes to have fun, he also pushes them to toe-the-line, hoping to see them standing on the podium at the end of the season.
This year, three of Fannin’s varsity boys have fought their way to the big finale – the GHSA Traditional State Championships. The tournament will be held in Macon later this week.
To get to the state event, wrestlers first had to place within the top four of their class at Area competition. In doing so, they then qualified to compete at the Sectional tournament this past weekend at Greater Atlanta Christian School. The Area 6-AAA meet was held last weekend (Jan 17) at Morgan County High School in Madison. 113 lbs sophomore Landon Galloway (2nd Place), 126 lbs freshman McCay Turner (4th Place) and heavyweight senior Bradley Flowers each qualified to advance to the Sectional meet. Flowers was the Area Champion, going undefeated in the event.
“It felt great to win,” Flowers told TeamFYNSports after winning the Area tournament. “Coach Henson and Coach Hutsell have been telling me to keep working hard in practice and this is something I’ve trained hard for.”
At the Sectional meet, the top eight finishers qualify to advance to the state tournament in Macon. Flowers finished 3rd, Turner finished 4th and Galloway once again came away with a 2nd place finish to advance all three teammates to state.
At the state tournament, Flowers (31-6) will face Dalton senior Walter Richards (54-5) in his first match to kick off the bracket. Turner (41-10) will face senior Blake Rice (3-0 in the 126-lb class) of Hall County; and Galloway (30-7) will lock horns with Calhoun freshman Blake Bailey (27-10). Weigh-ins are at 10am on Thursday morning and TeamFYNSports will be on location, posting updates on twitter and facebook throughout the tournament.