Melvin West, 85, of Jonesboro, Ark., died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at his home.
Born Sunday, Aug. 25, 1918, in Alicia, Ark., a son of the late James Homer and Iona Decker West, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a farmer.
On Sept. 14, 1942, in Reno, Nev., he married his wife, Mary West, of Jonesboro.
Also surviving are three sons, Tommy West, of Gaddins, Texas, James West of David, Okla., and Mark West of Trumann, Ark; five daughters, Ruby Schultz of Granite City, Ill., Peggy Greenway and Ruth Ann Nimmo, both of Jonesboro, Sarah Cook of Bonham, Texas, Alice Snow of Hayti, Mo.; two brothers, Leonard West of Phoenix, Ariz. and Ewing West of Mason, Ariz.; three sisters, Bernice Bryant of Naches, Wash., Bertie Crider of Poplar Bluff, Mo. and Irene Girten of Blytheville, Ark.; step-mother, Lula West of Blytheville; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers are Jim Cook, Jim Massey, Linsey White, Jackie Brent, Richard Luye and George Cain.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. today, Sunday, March 28, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett with the Rev. Dave Luellen officiating.
Bradshaw Funeral Home of Kennett was in charge of services.