My family and I were blessed to spend a week with George Melton, his lovely wife Nedra, and some of his family last summer in upstate New York while serving together at a week of camp.
This morning his wife Nedra posted the following statement on her Facebook profile status:
Dear Friends. It is with a broken heart that I’m letting you know -George Melton passed away this morning May 15 at 3:00 AM. He went peacefully with all his family and friends surrounding him. God is good! Nedra
I gleaned the following information from his family’s website:
George Melton was a man with a heart for God, desiring to use his voice to spread the gospel message. He had been faithful to this calling for more than 50 years. In high school he began singing in a Gospel Quartet. He then went to college and sang with an a cappella group called the “Ambassadors” for five years. In 1961 George joined the “Claiborne Brothers Quartet” in Southern California. From there he went north to Fresno and joined the ministry of the “Gospelaires”.
In 1968 George formed the “Gospel Lads”. For five years he traveled and sang with these men and God blessed their ministry. Part of the original group of the “Gospel Lads” are still singing. The Lads have been ministering for over thirty years. People have come to know the Lord, young people have been directed to Christian Bible Colleges, and still others have sought a career in Gospel Music.
God gave George one of the highest tenor voices in Gospel Music today. He had been offered many positions in the entertainment field, but felt that God called him to minister to Churches across the nation.
While singing with the Claiborne Brothers Quartet, a young lady with a beautiful voice, sang in a trio at several of their concerts. It wasn’t long before love took over and the two were married. George & Nedra Melton
George Melton was a great man of God. We had some great late night conversations last summer and–in those conversations–I grew to love and respect him even more. He loved his wife, his family, God’s people, and His Lord.
I thank God for George Melton and his family.
I loved to watch him sing. He sang with such joy and passion. I always thought it was cool that he would point up when he was singing–especially when he was singing about Heaven. It was something he was known for. In a lot of the pictures I have of him, he’s pointing up.
Well this morning George is not singing about Heaven–he’s singing IN Heaven. And he’s not pointing up to Heaven–he’s pointing around at the wonders of Heaven.
Well done, good and faithful servant.
I can’t wait to get to Heaven so I can hear your beautiful voice again.