Funeral services for Melvin C. Gary, 93, of Greenville, will be at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Restoration Church. He passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.
He was born in Isola, MS on December 15, 1926 and raised in Greenville, MS where he lived his whole life. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He lived for and loved God with all his heart, and he loved his church. He owned and operated Gary’s Auto Sales, Pawn Shop and Car Wash for sixteen years after retiring from Sears & Roebuck. He was a veteran of WWII, where he served as a medic.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Sally Downing Gary, and siblings, Jodie Gary, Dollie Tatum, Willie Bell Burcham, Maudine Gary, Pauline Cale, John C. Gary, Thelma Wolfe, William T. Gary, and Claudie Gary, and one grandchild, Sonya Renee Phillips.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jean Gary and three daughters, Teresa Terry (Casey), Vicki Jenkins (Lamar) and Denise Laney (Russ); grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jennifer (Preston) Fuqua and their children, Josh, Devon and Autumn, Kimberly (John) Smith and their children Kerstin (Colton) and John-Michael, Brook Holland and his children Kaitlyn, Merideth and Aiden, Nicolas (Mary) Laney, Chase (Beth) Laney and his children Emily, Zach, Bella and Hannah (Jamin) Lizotte and their son Cahill, and Alison (Kyle) Stinnett.
There will be a visitation from 2:00-3:00 p.m. prior to the services at the church.