Melvin Spurgin Gribble
Melvin Spurgin Gribble

SCOTT, Ohio — Melvin Spurgin Gribble, 79, of Scott, Ohio, passed away at 5:37 p.m. Friday at Lima Memorial Health System.

He was born on July 19, 1940, in McDougal, Arkansas, the son of the late Barney I. and Eula May (O’Guin) Gribble. He was married to the former Barbara A. Brown who also preceded him in death.

Family survivors include two daughters, Tonya Ware of Van Wert and Melissa Cupps; a son, David Gribble of London, Ohio; three brothers, Talma (Marilyn) Gribble of Grover Hill, Alvin (Gail) Gribble of Grover Hill, and Lee Roy (Lolita) Gribble of Van Wert; a sister, Jeanie (Ishmael) Shelton of Oakwood; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and wife, Melvin was preceded in death by four sisters, Leona Busbey, Sylva Deckard, Emmaline Whittington, and Eladis Hinchcliff; and a brother, Verlin Gribble.

Melvin was retired from Taylor Products in Payne, Ohio.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Morrison of Continental Missionary Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Middle Creek Cemetery near Grover Hill. There will be calling hours from 9 a.m. Tuesday until time of service.

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