More detail on this person: Melvin L. Gingery Major (ret) Melvin L. Gingery, 75, a Daleville resident, passed away, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the Bay Center Medical Hospital in Panama City, Florida. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel in Enterprise, AL with Rev. Matt Gingery officiating. The family will receive friends before the service, from 1:00 P.M. until service time at the funeral home on Sunday. The family will receive friends following the service at The Charleston House, 107 N. Rawls Street, Enterprise, AL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or Disabled American Veterans. Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania January 22, 1939, Melvin was the son of the late Charles K. and Mabel Victoria Smith Gingery. Melvin completed Basic Training at Fort Carson, Colorado and Advanced Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He later served at Mainz, Germany, Philadelphia, PA (Reserve Unit) Ashland, KY (Army Recruiter) Fort Campbell, KY, Fort Benning, GA, Ft. Ord, CA, Ft Wolters, TX, Ft. Stewart, GA, Vietnam 61st Helicopter Co., Ft. Lewis, WA and Ft. Rucker, AL. He retired from the United States Army in 1978 after 22 years of service. After retirement he continued his love of flying as an instrument Flight Instructor with contractors at Fort Rucker for 20 years and, then, successfully owning and operating the Gingerbread House Bed and Breakfast in Daleville for several years. Melvin loved the outdoors; winter was mountain time for skiing, spring found him fishing, summer sailing his boat, the "Sea Sparrow" (that he built himself) and fall hunting. There was never enough time for all the things he loved to do, whether it was flying his own plane, sketching, painting, carpentry, or masonry, he was fully committed to living a full life. He was a good father from diapers to adulthood and a loyal and faithful friend who will be missed dearly. In addition to his parents, Major Gingery was preceded in death by a son, Timothy C. Gingery, one sister and four brothers. He is survived by former wife, Sharon Gingery; Claudette Jackson, mother of his children; three children, Mark L. Gingery, Columbus, GA; Matthew J. Gingery (Terri) Yulee, FL; Laury Gingery, Dothan, AL; five grandchildren, Derek Gingery; Devon Gingery; Rowan Gingery; Cadet Abe Gingery; Adam Gingery; great-granddaughter, Alexis Gingery; sister, Shirley Weinhardt, DeLand, FL; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory, (334) 393-2273, is in charge of arrangements. Send condolences to the family at www.searcyfuneralhome.com. Sign the guest book at www.dothaneagle.com.
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