From a contemporary press report
Charles Allen Melton, 79, a retired Army Corps of Engineers colonel who also was an automotive technology professor at Northern Virginia Community College, died of a heart attack June 10, 1999 at a hospital in Winter Haven, Florida.
Colonel Melton, an Alexandria resident since 1963, had traveled to Winter Haven to attend a friend's funeral.
He served 31 years with the Corps of Engineers, beginning in 1942. He served in Europe during World War II and in Korea and Vietnam during the wars there. At the time of his retirement in 1973, he was post engineer at Fort Belvoir.
His military honors included two Bronze Stars.
From 1974 to 1988, he taught at NOVA's Alexandria campus.
He was born in Lorain, Ohio. He was a graduate of Ohio State University. He received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
His wife, Geraldine Melton, died in 1991. Survivors include four children, Teresa Harp of Manassas, Michael Melton of Boston, James Melton of Alexandria and Charles Melton Jr. of Yutan, Neb.; and six grandchildren.
MELTON, CHARLES ALLEN
On Thursday, June 10, 1999, of Alexandria, VA. Beloved husband of the late Geraldine A. Melton; loving father of James R. Melton, Charles A. Melton Jr., Michael K. and (Gina) Melton and Teresa Melton and (Tim) Harp; grandfather of Jennifer L., Bryan P. and Meagan D. Harp, Nicholas K., Mercedes K. and Andrew J. Melton; fiancee of Barbara Ann McCain and also survived by a devoted pet and companion, Sam. Services will be held Tuesday, July 13 at 12:45 p.m. at Ft. Myer (Old Post) Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
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