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In Memory of

John Dowlin Mellor

February 15, 1939 - January 4, 2018

Obituary


Retired TSgt John D. Mellor, USAF, 78, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Thursday, January 4, 2018.
Jack, as he was known to his friends, was born February 15, 1939, in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Haddonfield, NJ.
After high school Jack, like many of the men of his generation, chose to serve his country. He enlisted in the Air Force and served a full and honorable career in the aviation field. Jack served in Iceland, Spain, Vietnam, and across the U.S.
While in the military, Jack met and married...

Retired TSgt John D. Mellor, USAF, 78, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Thursday, January 4, 2018.
Jack, as he was known to his friends, was born February 15, 1939, in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Haddonfield, NJ.
After high school Jack, like many of the men of his generation, chose to serve his country. He enlisted in the Air Force and served a full and honorable career in the aviation field. Jack served in Iceland, Spain, Vietnam, and across the U.S.
While in the military, Jack met and married Shirley Hammond, formerly from Pernell, OK, who would remain with him until the end of his life, raising together a family of four girls.
Jack returned with his family to Dyess to retire and settled in Abilene, where he worked at Abilene Aero for many tears and found time to earn an Associate's Degree from Cisco Junior College. Jack was a longtime volunteer with Hendrick Hospice Care, where he spent his final days under the tender and watchful care of the nurses and staff. Jack was an active member of Southwest Park Baptist Church. Family, friends, and faith were pillars of Jack's life.
Proceeding Jack in death were his parents, William & MaryBelle Mellor; his brother, Lawrence; and his grandson, Clayton Johnson.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Shirley; daughters Gayle Lasyone, Terri Davis, Brenda Johnson, and Carolyn Herrera; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial will be held at 11am on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Southwest Park Baptist Church, 2901 South 20th. There will be a private burial at Abilene's Texas Veterans' Cemetery. The family will receive friends for a visitation from 5 to 7pm on Thursday, January 11th at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are sent to Abilene's Southwest Park Baptist Church, 2901 South 20th Street, Hendrick Hospice, or any of the many worthy military service support organizations.
The family is deeply grateful to all who have helped during this difficult time.