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Melvin Lecounte

January 12, 1947 ~ March 9, 2022 (age 75)

Obituary

The staff of Dorchester Funeral Home would like to extend its sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Melvin Lecounte.

 

Mr. Melvin LeCounte was born January 12, 1947, in Riceboro, Georgia to the late Isadore and Virgie LeCounte.  He was the seventh of nine siblings, two of whom proceeded him in death, Quincy and Coleman LeCounte. 

 

Melvin was baptized at an early age at First Zion Baptist Church. He was educated in Liberty County and graduated from Liberty County High School, where he was a member of the 1965 Basketball State Championship team. Immediately after graduating high school, Melvin moved to Miami, Florida, joining his brothers, Coleman and George.

 

Melvin’s greatest love was his family.  He and his siblings were raised in a loving, tight-knit family, and they remained close throughout their adult lives, even though they were separated by distance. Each year, they all looked forward to coming home to Riceboro to celebrate Christmas together.  Whenever Melvin was home, he could be found outside on the grill or in the house looking for things to fix. Melvin loved working with his hands.  For over twenty years, he had a career in Miami as a certified air condition and refrigeration technician.

 

A few years after moving to Miami, Melvin met and married Paulette Jones.  Together, they raised three daughters. Melvin was a deeply devoted husband and father.  He worked two jobs to make sure his family was well-provided for. He also made sure his daughters were always safe and protected. Although he was a ‘gentle giant,’ his large frame was enough to intimidate all of his daughters’ potential suitors without saying a word.  And when his daughters were ready and the men were worthy, he proudly walked each of them down the aisle. Without a doubt, he was the best father a girl could ask for!

 

Melvin continued his loving and supportive ways when he became a grandfather.  He would smile from ear to ear when he spent time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and there was nothing he wouldn’t do for them.  Each of them knew that if their mother said no, they could always go to Grandpa to get what they wanted.

 

On March 9, 2022, God called Melvin to rest after suffering from health issues for some time.  He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Paulette, three daughters: Tangela (Wayne) Butler, Tonya (Tony) Clark-Ivy, and Bridgette (Jarnac) Williams; four grandchildren: Lazette (Shawn) Collier, Charisma (Xavier) Crist, Christian Ivy, and Jurnei Williams; and three great-grandchildren, Maliek Collier, Mekhi Collier, and Cali Crist.  He also leaves six siblings: Eula (Anthony, deceased) Frazier, Catherine (William) Taylor, Thernell (Euvenia, deceased) LeCounte, George (Judy, deceased) LeCounte, Eunice (Clifford) McCarthy, and Eugene (Tina) LeCounte; his long-time dear friend Lewis “Butch” Wynn, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Services

Funeral Service
Saturday
March 19, 2022

3:00 PM
First Zion Missionary Baptist Church
1642 Barrington Ferry Road
Riceboro, GA 31323

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
March 19, 2022

First Zion Missionary Baptist Church
1642 Barrington Ferry Road
Riceboro, GA 31323

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