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Joe Wayne Melton

Obituary for Joe Wayne Melton

July 3, 1943 - July 6, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 77

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On his 41st wedding anniversary, Joe Wayne Melton's earthly presence left us as he was welcomed into heaven on July 6, 2020. Though the world has lost a great family man, devout Christian, dog-lover, photographer, friend, and mentor, his spirit lives on in all the people he loved.

We now invite you to sit back, and as Joe would say, join us on a "trip down memory lane" as we remember and honor his life and legacy.

Joe Wayne Melton was born to Jessie Dea and Joe Melton on July 3, 1943 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. At the age of 9, his mother and younger siblings moved to Dallas, TX, and Joe became the man of the household—an honor and responsibility he would cherish his entire life. He worked tirelessly to support his family and would say he got his first break when he turned 13 and was hired as a package clerk at Tom Thumb grocery stores. From those humble beginnings, he worked his way up through the ranks—becoming the most successful store manager in Tom Thumb history and retiring as Vice President of Grocery Merchandising.

It is no surprise that Joe excelled in his career. As a manager, he held his employees to the highest standards, but also provided them with the support and resources they needed to succeed. By coupling his business acumen with an infectious personality and quick wit, Joe quickly earned the respect and adoration of his colleagues—and is remembered by many as the heart of Tom Thumb. His only break from the grocery business was when he proudly served the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

When not at work, Joe could be found on the golf course—winning money off his friends or teaching his daughter how to hone her short-game skills. Some of his fondest memories were playing in the Colonial and Bryon Nelson pro-ams with his nephew or son-in-law as his caddy. If he was nervous, it never showed (after he got past the first tee). He would routinely "knock it tight" and point to the TV cameras to make sure they captured his "money" shot.

After moving to San Antonio, he was able to devote his full attention to Nicole's golf game. And though his health started to decline, he never missed a high school or college tournament, and was able to watch her compete in the U.S. Women's Open. When not talking about Nicole's golf game, he read his Bible every morning, kept abreast of all political happenings, tended to the wildlife in the backyard, cheered on the Aggies, made a Facebook post or two, and was his wife, Viki's, righthand man as she launched her successful real estate career.

Most importantly, Joe loved his family and friends with all of his huge heart. Those who knew him best describe him as kind and compassionate, with a larger-than-life personality and uncanny ability to deliver the perfect one-liner. Above all, Joe was incredibly generous—giving to numerous charities and always willing to offer you the shirt of his back if he thought it'd make you happy. And we all know Joe's generosity extended beyond monetary and tangible gifts—he was always ready to "give you some free advice" whether it was solicited or not.

Perhaps his greatest legacy rests in the strong women he leaves behind. He was the proudest #girldad long before the phrase became popular. And with his constant encouragement and support, Kim and Nicole have mirrored his success in their careers. He can also rest easy knowing Viki gives him all the credit for pushing her to be the person she is today.

Joe Wayne Melton is survived by his wife, Viki; daughters, Kimberley Evans [Larry] and Nicole; siblings, David Ray and Sharon Copeland [Paul]; grandchildren, Alex and Ashley; great-grandchild, Aureliana; nephews, Timmy, Clayton, Darren, and John; nieces, Tracy, Lauren, Leah, and Jennifer; and loving friends, Natalie and Al.

A private internment with full military honors, will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on July 14, 2020. Joe's friends are welcome to celebrate his life at the family's home at 12:00 PM. We encourage you to carry on Joe's legacy of giving by donating to the charity of your choice.

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