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Buck Melton Sr. remembered as "visionary"

Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert calls Buck Melton a visionary and says he doesn't remember a time when he didn't know and look up to the former mayor.

"He was one of those people that could look and not only see what was there, but what the possibility was of what could be there.

Reichert was one of Melton's many friends who say they remember him as a gentleman first and mayor second, who also served his country in the Navy in both World War II and Korea.

He was also partner at Sell & Melton aw firm, which he often visited long after he finished practicing.

"He was a wonderful storyteller, a great lawyer, he was a people person extraordinaire, it's fair to say," Chix Miller, a lawyer at the firm said.

Melton was Macon's mayor from 1975 to 1979. He's credited with saving Macon's terminal station and Grand Opera House from destruction, paving much of its dirt roads, and even providing the city with its first wheel-able garbage carts nicknamed "Buck's Buckets."

He ran for office again in 1999 against C. Jack Ellis and lost.

They're all reasons why today a Macon community center bears his name, and why former colleagues and longtime friends say he won't be soon forgotten.

"Well, he kind of touched my heart. He was a good man, highly respected," Macon Councilman Ed Defore said. "One of the greatest public officials, honest, truthful, that ever went into city hall in that mayoral position.

Visitation is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hart's Mortuary and Crematory at the Cupola, 6324 Peake Road. The funeral is 11:30 a.m., Saturday at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 753 College St., Macon, with the burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery.


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