James “Jim” Edward Melvin, II, age 52, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021. He was born on June 12, 1969, in Hollywood, Florida, and grew up in Alford, Florida where his family moved in 1973. Jim loved living in the country with his family where he participated in Future Farmers of America and gained a deep respect and appreciation for hardworking men and women and Christian values instilled by his mother and father.
Jim’s early interest in working with and servicing automobiles lead him to owning his own business, and thereafter, offered opportunities which prompted him to relocate to Tallahassee, Florida, where he met and married the love of his life and resided for the remainder of his days. Jim was a loving husband and father, the center of all and adored by his family. He loved to travel with his family and intentionally made several trips a year sharing memories visiting new places and meeting new people with his loved ones. Jim’s interests included history, guns, and automobiles, but his main passion was his love for the Lord Jesus Christ and the reading of His word. Jim was of Protestant faith; he and his family attended New Light Church and sister church, Lily of the Valley. Jim was loved by all that met him and never met a stranger. Jim was kind, honest and hardworking and ended his career at Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., Tires Plus, where he worked for ten years. His boss and coworkers were considered by him part of the family and he cared for them and his customers dearly. One of Jim’s closest friends was mother-in-law, Leslie Mary Ann Taylor, they never missed a breakfast together as travel buddies and enjoyed spending time watching online “prayer walker”, the late Henry Gruver, and playing daily with Lady, the family dog.
Mere words do not accurately describe the depth of love for our Jim. Jim will truly be missed. Our solace is knowing that Jim is with Yeshua, our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, in heaven.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Elizabeth Melvin. He is survived by his loving wife of over fifteen years, Stacey Elizabeth Jarriel of Tallahassee, Florida; children, Noah Reed Melvin and Nicholas Tate Melvin of Macclenny, Florida, and Hannah Elizabeth Shank and Rachel Eloise Shank of Tallahassee, Florida; father, James Edward Melvin of Alford, Florida; sisters, Roxy Suzanne Melvin of Alford, Florida and Robin Whitfield (Will) of Bonifay, Florida.
Due to the pandemic and medical concerns, the family has decided to forego a traditional graveside service and will be holding a memorial service at a later date.
Fairchild Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements and burial at Roselawn Cemetery, 845 Piedmont Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32312.