Julius Melton, who taught, preached, and led worship in churches and colleges, died Nov. 20, 2017, at age 84.
Melton graduated from Mississippi College in 1955. He earned bachelor of divinity and master of theology degrees from the Union Theology Seminary in Richmond, Va., where he was also a teaching fellow and instructor in Greek for one year. He was awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellowship for a year of study in Geneva, where he enrolled in the Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies.
He earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees in religion from Princeton in 1962 and 1966, respectively, and he authored the book Presbyterian Worship in America. For 10 years, he taught at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and was head of the student affairs division, spending much time raising money for students.
In 1973, Melton joined the office of planned giving at Davidson College. At the Mecklenburg Presbytery, he served as moderator, chair of committees, and board member of institutions related to the presbytery, including being commissioner of the denomination’s General Assembly. He retired from Davidson College in 1989.
Melton is survived by his wife, Ann, whom he married in 1959; three children; and six grandchildren.
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