Jean Melton

May 13, 1937 - March 17, 2023

Jean Melton Anthony, age 85, of Florence, passed away March 17, 2023 surrounded by family.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 21, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home.  The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Ronny Stutts and Robert Staples officiating.  Burial will be at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Charles Anthony; children, Rhonda Waldrep (Randy) and Randy Anthony (Pam); and grandchildren, Jake Anthony and Brandon Hughes (Jenny); several neices, nephews and cousins, and a very special neice Wanda Hardaway.
She loved her family dearly. She was one of the hardest workers.
Jean was retired from the Lauderdale County Board of Education where she worked at Wilson School.
She and Charles owned several groceries stores from the early 1960’s thru 1977 and a cabinet shop. They ran Indian Camp Creek Bluegrass Festivals for 20 years.
She enjoyed watching and feeding the deer and turkey in their back yard, canning vegetables from her garden, sewing curtains for the public and anything outdoors.
The family would like to thank all the precious nurses, interns, social worker and Pastor Chance from Shoals Hospice and especially her angel nurse Victoria. They would also like to give a special thank you to her niece, Wanda Hardaway, for being by her side for the last 5 weeks.
Serving as pallbearers will be Tommy Childers, Robert Thompson, Ricky Singleton, Ted Wylie, Ricky Wallace and Keith Reeves.
Serving as Honorary pallbearers will be Lance Phillips and Adam Anthony.
Memorials can be made to St. Jude, Lauderdale Couny Animal Shelter or a charity of your choice.


March 21, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Williams Funeral Home, 1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL

March 21, 2023 11:00 am

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March 21, 2023
1:00 pm

Williams Funeral Home, Burial to follow at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.


Williams Funeral Home, 1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL

March 21, 2023 1:00 pm

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6 Comments on “Jean Melton Anthony”

  1. So sorry we could not be there for the family. A very special lady that we had the privilege of knowing since 2014. With our new travel trailer Indian Camp Creek was the first Bluegrass Festival we had been to since the 1970s. We felt welcomed and became close friends over the years. From your friends in Missouri.

  2. Uncle Charles, Rhonda and Randy, and Wanda too, you have my deepest condolences. I wish we lived close and could have helped in these last few weeks. I just loved Aunt Jean and will forever cherish the memories of the special times we got to spend together. She always worked so hard to make our visits perfect and was so warm and welcoming. I’m going to miss her and hearing her voice on the phone. When it snows, which is all the time up here! she would always ask us if we made some snow cream. That’s not something we do in the north but I am going to start this new tradition for Adam and I in her memory. She was one of a kind and so special in so many ways. All my love to you, Rose Anthony

  3. Im so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. May God give you comfort and strength!

  4. We’re so sorry for your loss, Anthony and family! She was such a sweet lady and will be missed.
    Bob and Des

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