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.