December 3, 1926 ~ May 21, 2015

Born in: Madison Co., NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Melvin Clenard Walsh, Jr., 88, of Asheville, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at J.F. Keever Solace Center. Born in Madison Co. to the late Melvin, Sr. and Allie Mae Fisher Walsh, he was a Detective with the Asheville Police Dept. for 25 years, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in WWII. Melvin was a member of VFW Post #891 and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Officers Harold Enloe #1. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Helen Wicker Walsh; two sons, Melvin C. Walsh, III (Diana), of Fairview, and Frank Walsh (Carol) of Asheville; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and two step-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Frances Penland. A funeral service will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of which he was a baptized, confirmed and longtime faithful member. Rev. Michael McFarland will officiate and burial will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. The family wishes to thank Mindy at the Solace Center and Emma and Angela at Laurels of Summit Ridge for the loving care they gave to Mr. Walsh. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Place, Asheville, NC, 28806. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

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  1. Helen: Sorry to read about the loss of your husband. I worked with you at Ivey’s years ago and remember you always talked about him and his job. Praying for you and your family. Carolyn Stamey

  2. So sorry to hear of the passing of Melvin he was my first training officer when I joined the dept. in 72 he was a great officer and fun to be around sending my prayers and condolences to the family

  3. I was so upset when I read this. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a kind man who always treated me with respect. I know that Frank jr. will miss him. Helen, I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you <3

  4. Helen, our hearts are broken, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We have so many great memories, a kind Gentleman, would do anything in the world for you. I remember all the times in the snow, if he couldn’t make it, Jeff would come get him, blizzard of 93, me and him the only ones to make it to work, ceilings caving in, and they didn’t want to pay us. Boy you didn’t fool with Melvins money. I will laugh always about that. So many other memories, I looked forward to seeing him every morning, he was just such a ray of sunshine, and now Heaven is a brighter place. We love you, and if their is anything we can do please let us know.

  5. God Bless you Melvin Walsh, I spent 10 yrs. with the Asheville Police Dept. and Melvin trained me along with many other new officers. I spent a lot of time in the Patrol Car with him and I will miss him. You were a good friend and co-worker. We made a lot of good memories. My Prayers are with you Helen and the family.

  6. I find it hard to express just what a loss I feel after hearing about Melvin. He was truly one of the finest Officers I had the privilege of working with. My thoughts and prayers are with Helen and the family.

  7. Helen, Mel, Frank and Family,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of Melvin. He was always loved and had many friends. Always talking about his adventures being on the police, Daddy always loved to sat and listen what Melvin had to say and laugh.
    We will always be a close family and the love will always be there. Mother
    always thought so very much of you and your wonderful family. Sorry we
    didn’t get to visit as much as we would have like too.
    I guess you know about Joe passing away, he was in the hospital for 3 months, 1 stroke after another. And died on Feb.4,2013. We were married 45yrs. I ‘m still really having a hard time, they say it gets easy as time go buy. But I just don;t know so much about that. God is always with us through it all.
    Helen you have always been so close too me, I will always keep you and your family in my prayers,
    With Much Love,


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