OBITUARY: Ruby Mae Lack Clinard Melton


Ruby Mae Lack Clinard Melton, age 94, of Greenbrier, Tennessee passed away Monday, May 1, 2023 at NHC Springfield.

Mrs. Melton was born May 27, 1928, in Logan County, KY to the late John Lack and Geneva Crafton Lack.

She was raised in Homer, KY until she married Ollie Clinard in 1946. Four children were born to this union Judy, Linda Joyce, Randy, and Danny. They made their home in Homer, KY and later moved to Orlinda, TN and then settling in Greenbrier.

Mrs. Melton was a homemaker and loved to sing with her siblings in their gospel group The Lack Family. They traveled for years to different churches and events singing. After their brothers passed, the sisters, Ruby, Rosie and Lois kept singing together for many years. She was a member of Unity Free Will Baptist Church of White House.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Melton was preceded in death by her husbands, Ollie Clinard (1975) and Dave Melton (1979); son, Randy Clinard (2010); and daughter, Judy Gay (2000).

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Joyce (Jimmy) Estes of Greenbrier; and son Danny (Deana) Clinard of Pleasant View; grandchildren, Scott (Jennifer) Gay of Greenbrier, Sherry (Bob) Reed of Mountain Grove, MO, Steve (Katy) Gay of Englewood, Florida, John Clinard of Murray, Ky, Jordan and Joseph Clinard of Pleasant View; sisters, Rosie (Grady) Belcher, and Lois (Neal ) Taylor; 8 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am Thursday, May 4th in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier with Bro. Billy Bowers officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Mrs. Melton’s grandsons serving as pallbearers.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier is in charge of these arrangements.

AUSTIN & BELL FUNERAL HOME-2619 HIGHWAY 41 S., GREENBRIER, TN 37073 (615) 643-4000


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