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McNEILL, Miss. —
Funeral services for Melvin Ray Glidewell, 76, of McNeill, Miss., will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in McNeill. Visitation will be Friday, August, 16, 2013 from 6-10 p.m. Burial will be at White Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Picayune Funeral Home. Service will be officiated by the Rev. Billy Galloway.
Born on May 9, 1937, Melvin grew up in Carriere, Miss., and joined the Air Force in 1954 to serve 3 years during the Korean Conflict. After returning from service he married his loving wife of 55 years, Mavis Kennedy.
In 1969, Melvin was ordained as a deacon, the same years they moved to McNeill and he opened McNeill Auto Clinic.
In 1974, he joined the McNeill Fire Dept, where he spent the majority of his life as Fire Chief, caring and protecting, 24 hours a day.
Melvin was a mentor to many youth in his lifetime, a devoted Christian and charter member of Central Baptist Church, a loving husband, and the best Daddy and Paw- Paw that could ever be asked for.
He will be greatly missed but we understand that he had a call to respond to. Now he is 10-8 to glory!
He was preceded in death by: his father Talmadge Glidewell; and sister, Betty Geraci.
Survivors include: mother, Lois Glidewell; wife, Mavis Glidewell; brother, W.T. Glidewell; sisters, Catherine Einkauf and Evelyn Cunningham; daughters, Rhonda Glidewell and Loretta (B.J.) Barnes; son, Greg (Angie) Glidewell; grandchildren: Special Agent William (Capt. Sandra) Glidewell USAF, Josh (Liz) Rosa, SSgt. James Bennett USAF, Amelia Rae (Matt) Herring, Randi (Rusty) Spiers, Barry Barnes, Morgan Glidewell, Brooke Barnes and Madi Glidewell; great-grandchildren: Elli Glidewell, Thomas Rosa and MyKayla Spiers.
Arrangements are under the direction of Picayune Funeral Home. Please visit our website for the obituary. You can leave an online condolence or share photos and memories.