More detail on this person: With great sadness we announce the loss of husband, father, and friend CW3 (Ret) Melvin Lee Bullock, Altavista, VA on January 22, 2022. Born March 27, 1945, he was the son of the late Floyd Lee Bullock and Ruby Williams Shown. Melvin was born and raised in Reidsville, NC. He enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17. His 20 years included serving as part of the 7th Special Forces Group as well as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War - one of "God's own lunatics" and carried the heartache of this war his entire life. After retirement, he continued to fly helicopters in the private sector for English Construction Co., Hurt, VA before becoming self employed. Melvin went on to become owner-operator of his own long haul trucking company until his retirement. Upon retirement, he enjoyed spending time with friends at the local bike shop and his family at home, along with his special dog Rugby. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 54 years, Joan Kersey Bullock. Together, they had two daughters-Victoria Mattox, and husband Gary, of Altavista VA and Tara Ward and husband Brian, of Greensboro NC. They gave him five granddaughters whom he loved dearly - Samantha Janiak (Jeff), Danielle Cocke (Bronson), Elizabeth Ward, Caroline Mattox, and Delaney Ward. He is also survived by great-grandchildren who will attest he gave the best back scratches and always had a handful of mints to share - Eann, Ivey & Kemp Janiak, and Dalton & Giles Cocke.Additionally, he is survived by his daughter from a previous marriage Malinda Morgan, and her husband Mike, of North Carolina along with her children and grandchildren. Lastly, he will be missed by his special cousin whom he always considered a sister, Mollie Grant and her family. Mollie always took special care and looked out for him. Melvin was a lifelong learner and knew something about everything. His knowledge, support and wise counsel will be missed more than words can express. In lieu of food and flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association or the Fisher House, a comfort home for military and veteran families receiving medical attention. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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