Obituary: Melba Jean Scott

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Funeral service for Melba Jean Walling Lindsey Scott, 90, will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11th, 2024, at Cullman Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery, 31 North, Vinemont, AL. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.    

Cullman Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. 

Melba Jean was born in Vinemont at the old Walling homeplace located about ten miles northeast of here on July 23rd, 1933. (Since her mother’s birthday was July 24th, she would often kid Melba of being older than she, not considering the year.) Melba passed away from this earthly realm on May 9, 2024, at the Hanceville Nursing Home surrounded by her loved ones, and was escorted into eternity by angels sent from her God whom she had great faith. 

Melba was predeceased by her parents, Julious Eric and Gladys Montez Chambers Walling; a four year old precious brother, Julious Walling; her husband and father of her three children, Jack Walter Lindsey; second husband, Leldon Scott; her loving daughter, Lisa Lindsey Posey; grandparents, many aunts and uncles, cousins, including a sister-like cousin, Miriam Walling Dull. Melba Jean was before her death the oldest grandchild of David Lon and Samantha Alice Chambers. With Melba’s passing, ten out of 39 Chambers grandchildren survive. From the Walling family lineage of Eugene and Maude Drake Walling, there remain three grandchildren that survive out of 15. 

Survivors include son, Randall Keith Lindsey and wife, Kim, of Vinemont; daughter, Lindsey DeShazo of Gulf Shores; grandchildren, Stephanie Posey Koswaski and husband, Joseph Koswaki,  Ryan Posey and wife, Tonya of Huntsville, Tiffani Lindsey Doyle and husband, Rory of Vinemont, Brandon Lindsey & wife, Stacy of Ullman, Lindsey Grace DeShazo of Pensacola, Jackson Walling DeShazo of Gulf Shores; great-grandchildren, Finley Koswoski of Madison, Tucker Koswoski of Madison, Fisher Doyle of Vinemont, Ellis Posey, Wade Posey, of Huntsville; brother, Rodger D. Walling of Vinemont; son-in-law, Frank Posey, of Athans; special cousins, Sharon Dull Hume of Toana, Va, James Dull of Williamsbug, Va, Charlotte Burks of Cullman, Sonny Mullins of Cullman; special friend, Bonnie Blanton of Cullman, and a host of relatives and friends. 

Melba attended Vinemont School in grades 1-9. She attended Cullman High School in grades 10-12 where she was a member of the Library Club, Yearbook Staff and the Journalism Club. Melba was elected by student body Miss Cullman High School in 1951 – 1952.  She graduated from Cullman High School May 19, 1952. While attending high school Melba met her first and only boyfriend, Jack Walter Lindsey who was a rather good football player from 1949 – 1951. Melba and Jack were married May 20, 1952.  Jack had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after high school graduation.  After their marriage Melba accompanied Jack to Fort Worth Texas. They remained in Fort Worth until Jack left the Air Force and they moved back to Vinemont in 1955. Melba’s dad, Julious Eric Walling secured Jack a job at U.S. Steel in Birmingham motivating them to move to Birmingham and Gardendale until his death in August, 1995 of cancer. Melba was a brave widow for several years. She met and dated Leldon B. Scott and were married. Leldon passed away in 2006. Melba was again a widow, taking on all the household responsibility vigilantly. 

In 2009 Melba sold her home and moved to Morningside Assisted Living. Due to her developing dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, Melba took up residence at Hanceville Nursing home and remained there until her death. Melba, according to staff there was known as always a good patient and a sweet lady making many friends. 

Melba was an extraordinary woman throughout her life. While young and living on the homeplace, she learned farming, gardening, household skills, cooking from her parents, a supportive military spouse, a wonderful cook, an immaculate housekeeper, a fine mother and grandmother, and to her baby brother, “the greatest sister ever!” 

Melba was quite a versatile career woman. While in high school she worked part time for the old Thompson Bros. Furniture Store, ( now the site of Vincent Furniture). In Fort Worth she worked as an office clerk for Dickies Clothing Manufacturing Company. While in Birmingham, Melba worked at Sears Roebuck Co and Wilsons Florist and Gifts, and as a record clerk at Carraway Medical center for many years. Melba’s most important job was being a wife and mother to her loved ones. She also was a shrewd investor of her monetary resources, inheritance and other financial arrangements. Melba was always considerate and helpful to others. She, along with Jack, provided college for each of her grandchildren, serving as a member of the volunteer task force Brookside and Alumni Association. She assisted the Senior Citizens Groups encouraging fellow citizens in life situations. 

Melba was a fine Christian lady, such as noted in Proverbs Chapter 31. Paraphrasing simply, “A virtuous woman is worth far more than rubies.” Melba at the age of 17, in 1945, obeyed the Gospel at the Vinemont Church of Christ that her great-grandfather, Dr. John Henry Walling and grandmother, Maude Drake Walling helped to establish. She remained active in the church for many years ensuring that her children were at all services, doing her lengthy Bible lesson, praying with her children and reading Bible sermons. Later in life, Melba attended Baldwin Heights Baptist Church with her husband, Leldon Scott. 

Over the years and on many different occasions, individuals knowing Melba would say she was such a beautiful person physically, but even more beautiful inwardly in personality and disposition. 

Melba Jeana was truly our hero for many reasons, Melba you were always so proud of your family members’ accomplishments.  We are so proud of you and your accomplishments in life.  Perhaps soon, in the eternal future with all our loved ones, over the Jordan River, we will visit forever. 

The family requests if you would like, in lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Mt. Zion Cemetery Fund, c/o Rodger Walling, 2976 Co. Rd. 1339, Vinemont, AL, 35179 or Cullman Caring For Kids, c/o Javone Daniel.   

Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cullmanfuneralhome.com