Melvin Creech was born January 4, 1928 at Tina, Kentucky. He was the fourth of six children born to John M.
and Matilda Roberts Creech.
Melvin left the mountains to serve in the Army during the fifties. He was stationed in Germany. Some time
after returning home he married Jean Napier. They were married October 5, 1957. Together, they had four
children: Darrell Anthony, Dwight, Matilda, and James. They also had six grandchildren.
During the sixties, jobs become scarce and Melvin had to move his family north. They moved to Wolcottville,
Indiana and Melvin worked in a foundry.
On July 4, 1975, Melvin, Jean, and their half-grown children moved back home to Bearville, Kentucky. While
the family was still in Indiana, Melvin had joined the New Bethlehem Old Regular Baptist Church and now he would
be able to worship in the same church his mother had worshipped in. He later became the church clerk and a
Most of Melvin’s life revolved around his church and his family. We miss hearing him sing “Beulah Land” and
talking about what was preached on in church. He set a good example for his children to follow. He was a
gentle, loving husband, father, and papaw. He liked to hold children on his lap and tell them stories. His niece,
Linda, had a favorite: “The Old Man and the Sea”.
During the last several years of his life, Melvin was a very sick man. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s
Disease and as the illness progressed, he became unable to eat without the aid of a feeding tube. Even when the
most simple daily activities became difficult, he handled his suffering with patience.
On January 16, 2001, Melvin went on to be with Jesus. He left a wonderful testimony and we are certain that
he is in a better place. He is waiting there for us. We love you, Daddy. We always will.
Written by his daughter, with the help of her husband.