William Kelley Melton

January 25, 1973 ~ August 29, 2020 (age 47)


Du Quoin- William Kelley Melton, age 47, of Du Quoin, passed away peacefully at his home at 7:00pm on Saturday, August 29, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Nashville, Illinois on January 25, 1973, the son of Ruth (Hart) Melton, Kelley was raised in Tamaroa and graduated from Pinckneyville High School.  He married the love of his life, Jennifer Wall. They have shared twenty-six years of wonderful memories and blessings since their journey together began on April 10, 1994.

Kelley was of the Baptist faith, having attended Cornerstone Church. He worked as a forklift driver for Continental Tire.  Kelley loved nothing more than spending time with family and cooking for everyone. The road trips, hiking, and memories made with his kids were the times he most treasured. He also enjoyed competing in BBQ cook-offs, and brewing beer with his brother, Carl, for which he earned the title of “Brew Master” of Big C Brewing. Kelley will be missed greatly by all those that knew and loved him.

Survivors include-

Wife- Jennifer (Wall) Melton of Du Quoin

Two Sons- Wyatt Melton of Du Quoin

     Waylan Melton (Amber) of Du Quoin and their children- Daylynn, Gabriella, and Layla

Three Brothers- Jim Melton (Sunny) of Tilden

     Carl Melton (Debbie) of Du Quoin

     Marlin Melton (Kim) of Sedro Woolley, Washington 

Sister- Bonnie Marlow (Dean) of Tamaroa

Fathers-in-law- Thomas Reilly and Larry Webb of Cambria

Nieces and Nephews- Jason Melton (Heather) of Florida

     Heath Melton (Deeann) of Du Quoin

     Heather Melton (Gretch) of Du Quoin

     Ian Marlow (Megan) of Benton

     Katie Melton of Washington

Several Great Nieces and Great Nephews

Kelley was preceded in death by his mother, mother-in-law- Brenda Wall, and his father-in-law- Deon Wall.

A celebration of Kelley's life will be held from 4-6pm on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at his brother's cabin located at 6657 Sacred Heart Road; Du Quoin, IL 62832. This was a very special place to Kelley, where he always did the cooking at family functions, receiving the name "Kelley's Corner".  Family and friends may gather directly at the cabin to join in food and fellowship. The family requests casual attire. Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home in Du Quoin is assisting the family with final arrangements.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be accepted at Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home; 11 S. Hickory Street; Du Quoin, IL 62832. Donations may also be made directly to The American Cancer Society; P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123;

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October 10, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Kelley's Corner at the Cabin
6657 Sacred Heart Road
Du Quoin, IL 62832


American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

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