TALBOTTON, Georgia (SmallTownPapers) -- Melvin Ivey departed this life on July 8 at the Medical Center in Macon.

Funeral services for Mr. Ivey were held Tuesday, July 14 at Salem Baptist Church in Upson County.

Mr. Ivey, the son of the late Walter Ivey and Jessie Mae Worsham Ivey, was born Oct. 12, 1946 in Upson County. He joined Salem Baptist Church in Thomaston at an early age.

He was united in holy matrimony to Debra Howard on December 12, 2003.

He leaves to cheris his memory a loving wife Debra Ivey, one daughter, Wanda (Anthony) Day of Robert; two sons; Phillip (Anjanette), Reese of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Kenneth (Aquanetta) Reese of Hampton. To this union three step-sons Cornelius Hardnett of Talbotton, Calvin K. (Michelle) Passmore of Hiram and Stanchez Passmore of Atlanta; seven sisters and three brothers: Cleon Ivey of Chicago, IL., Geraldine (Melvin) Jones of Bartow, FL., Agnes (Dorsey) Dickey, Lytoisha Respress, Evangelist Jackie Ivey, Alander Ivey and Eloise Ivey, Emanuel (Geraldine) Ivey, Gary (Sharon) Ivey and Richard Ivey of Roberta; four brothers-in-law, Herman (Hattie) Howard, Jimmy L. (Mary) Howard, Bernard (Annie) Howard and Pastor Jeffer (Lavorn) Howard of Talbotton; three sisters-in-law: Aquilla Dewberry, Joann (Charles) Gunn of Boston, MA, Dorothy Hamler of Roberta; three aunts, Alma Ivey of Roberta, Bessie Mae Raines and Cora Booker of Chicago, IL; four grandchildren Naijul Day, Phillip Reese, Jr., Toran Marie Reese and Keith Reese.

Leonard's Funeral Home in Talbotton was in charge of arrangements.

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