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Janice Horner Melton
December 26, 1945 ~ November 1, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Janice Horner Melton, a beloved educator, dedicated animal advocate, and cherished member of the community, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.
Born to the late Gilbert and Anne (Upchurch) Horner on December 26, 1945, Janice's life was marked by a deep sense of compassion, kindness, and a tireless dedication to those she loved. Janice's heart was deeply saddened by the loss of her husband, Leonard Melton, whom she faithfully cared for during his prolonged illness. She was preceded in death by both of her older brothers, Jack and Charles Horner.
Leaving behind cherished memories and a legacy of love is her devoted fiancé, Terry Williams of Ingold, North Carolina. Together, they shared countless moments of joy, taking leisurely rides through the picturesque countryside, attending uplifting gospel singings, and embarking on memorable road trips that etched precious memories in their hearts.
A pillar of the academic community, Janice dedicated 30 years of her life to teaching elementary school and academically gifted students in Charlotte and Fayetteville. Her exceptional commitment earned her the title of Academically Gifted Teacher of the Year and secured her a place as a state finalist. Janice's influence on the lives of her students remains immeasurable.
In addition to her teaching career, Janice offered modeling and etiquette guidance to teenage girls at local studios in Fayetteville. She herself graced the runway at Cross Creek Mall, where she lent her poise and elegance to numerous fashion shows.
Janice's passion for animals led her to serve on the board of directors for the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society (FAPS), where she also assumed the role of president for several years. Her tireless efforts were dedicated to the welfare of abandoned and homeless animals, a cause she held dear to her heart. Janice's own pets brought boundless joy into her life, and her love for them knew no bounds.
A member of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, she often spoke of the friendships she had made especially in the LightHouse Sunday School class and cherished the fellowship they shared.
Her community involvement extended to the Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Book Club, and the honorary educational sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma.
Janice was renowned for her Southern charm, warm smile, and outgoing personality. Her profound love for animals will forever be etched in the memories of all who knew her. Her generous spirit touched countless lives and was a blessing to everyone she encountered. Janice is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a multitude of dear friends. Her memory will remain alive in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know and love her.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church on Monday, November 6, 2023. Visitation will take place at the church from 12:45 to 1:45pm prior to the Celebration of Life Service at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in Janice’s memory to Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, Fayetteville Animal Protection Society (FAPS), of any animal rescue group. Janice’s love and compassion will continue through these contributions, offering support to the cause that held a special place in her heart.