Horace "Ed" Melton Jr., passed away peacefully on February 9, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born in Fluvanna County, in August 1940. He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace E. Melton Sr. and Lena M. Melton; and a brother, Cecil Ray Melton. He is survived by his loving wife, Karen A. Melton of 54 years; their three children, Judy of Fredericksburg, James "Jimmy" of Richmond, and Jennifer of Richmond, along with seven grandchildren. Also survived are his sister, Jane Dawson (Jack) of Callao, Va.; and sister-in-law, Cara Melton of Richlands, Va. He was a beloved husband, dad, grandpa, brother and good friend to many and all he met. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He worked for 34 years at Comdial and 5 years at National Optronics. He was a long-time member of Bybee's Road Baptist Church where he had served as Deacon and Sunday School director. The family suggest in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Bybee's Road Baptist Church or Hospice of the Piedmont in his memory. Family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Sheridan Funeral Home Kents Store. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2019, at Bybee's Road Baptist Church.