Michael Mackey “Mickey” Melton was a community leader and volunteer of great integrity and vision. Because Mickey cherished his family and had a special place in his heart for kids, he was determined to make Longview a better place to live. After graduating summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics, Mickey returned to his hometown of Longview where he worked for R. Lacy Services, Inc. for more than 25 years.
Mickey served on the Longview Independent School District board of trustees for eight years and was instrumental in establishing the Longview ISD Foundation. In October 2010, Mickey was honored posthumously by Longview ISD with the opening of the multi-million dollar Mickey Melton Center for Performing Arts at the high school.
Perhaps Mickey’s greatest achievement was encouraging the Longview community to talk about race and equality issues. He was the driving force behind the formation of the Longview Race Relations Committee in the mid-1990s. As the Race Relations Committee grew, Mickey was at the forefront in developing the Multicultural Festival, World Café, and the Unity Awards, which he humbly accepted in January 2010.
Mickey’s other volunteer activities included serving on the boards of Hiway 80 Rescue Mission and Camp Gilmont. He was an active member of the Longview Greggton Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, and a lifelong member and elder for many years of Alpine Presbyterian Church.
In his spare time, Mickey was an avid golfer, sang in the church choir, taught Sunday school, and enjoyed working on his farm in north Longview. He was a devoted son, husband, and father, and welcomed his first grandchild into the family a month before his passing. Mickey is greatly missed by all who knew him, but his legacy continues to shine brightly.
The annual Mickey Melton Memorial Golf Tournament was the brainchild of Lynn Patton and the elders of Alpine Presbyterian Church to honor their friend and continue his passion for helping young people. Because of the hard work of the planning committee and the assistance from many dedicated volunteers, the tournament has donated more than $74,800 to Camp Gilmont and The Martin House CAC since its inception. Please continue Mickey’s selfless service to others by playing in or sponsoring the tournament or making a donation of any amount today (donations are tax deductible to the extent the IRS allows).