Melvin West, 85, of Jonesboro, Ark., died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at his home.
Born Sunday, Aug. 25, 1918, in Alicia, Ark., 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.
Survivors also include 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 were Jim Cook, Jim Massey, Linsey White, Jackie Brent, Richard Luye and George Cain.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Caruthersville with the Rev. Dave Luellen officiating.
Bradshaw Funeral Home of Hayti, Mo. was in charge of arrangements.