Morris Reid “Mel” Malone, Jr . 75, of Booneville died Feb. 18, 2017. He was born Aug. 23, 1941 in Houston, Texas to Morris Reid Malone, Sr. and Ethel Louise (Stallings) Malone.

He was a member of Shepherd’s Chapel Church in Gravette. He worked for several years in the oil fields and was a meat cutter for Cargill Meat Processing Plant. He was an Army veteran and served in the Special Forces during the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by one son, Matthew Reid Malone of Greenwood; one daughter, Adrienne Elizabeth Malone of Marion, N.C.; and one grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Booneville Funeral Service.