Funeral services for Melton E. Durant of Jacksonville, age 91 years, two months, and six days, is scheduled at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Minister Glen Cogburn will officiate. Mr. Durant will be laid to rest at the Larissa Cemetery.
Melton passed away peacefully in his home early Wednesday morning, May 31, 2017.
Melton Edward Durant was born March 25, 1926, near Buffalo, Leon County, Texas, to Benjamin Franklin Durant and Clara Lee (Parsons) Durant. He was born the fourth child of nine. During WWII, Melton served eight years in the US Army while being stationed in Germany and France. Later in his tour, he served as an instructor in North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado and Arkansas during the WWII and the Korean Conflict. He received the Bronze Star and was honorably discharged in 1952. Through the GI Bill, he received on the job training and became a printer working at the Livingston-Polk County Enterprise newspaper where he met Evelyn Townley. They were wed on July 25, 1953. Between 1953-79 he worked at a multitude of newspapers, retiring from the Baytown Sun in 1979 moving to Jacksonville, Texas from Baytown. During 1954 to 1963, they became proud parents of five children. Mr. Durant was an active father who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and was a Boy Scout leader and coached YMCA football.
Once in Jacksonville, Mr. Durant retired a second time from Western Pulp in 1990. He like to garden, graft trees, raise hogs, listen to country music, play guitar, fiddle and almost any instrument he could pick up, and he recorded many of his songs. During his last years, he thoroughly enjoyed the computer, offerings of the Internet, and was an avid geneologist. He and his wife Evelyn attended Bullard Church of Christ where he made many friends.
Mr. Durant was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Carol June, and five siblings: F. C. Durant, Lawrence Durant, Elton Durant, Faye Stafford, and Virginia Harrell.
Amongst those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nora Evelyn Durant (Townley), his five children, Bruce and wife Diane Durant of Henderson, Buck and wife Miki Durant of Bullard, Gene Stuart and wife Denise Durant of Jacksonville, and Amy and husband Jamey Dement of Jacksonville.
12 grandchildren: Adrianne Durant, Nickolas Durant, Gregory Durant, Lana and husband Pedro Llanas, Lindsey Durant, Allison and husband Randy Way, Jason Dement, Jana and husband Chase Delaney, Megan and husband Calvin Taylor, Kyle Shepherd, Bucky Durant, and Dakota Durant.
11 great grandchildren: Tommy Pierce, Eli Way, Hannah Way, Thoren Llanas, Alvino Llanas, Wyatt Delaney, Madison Gilmore, Sara Kimbrough, Jasmine Good, Haley Taylor and Carson Taylor.
Pallbearers will be members of the family.
The family would like to thank Hospice of East Texas for the care and support given to Melton and the entire family.
Published on May 31, 2017