Flags to fly half-staff on Tuesday

Monday, December 28, 2015

Gov. Nixon orders Barry County flags fly low in honor of Emory Melton

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered all U.S. and Missouri flags at government buildings fly at half-staff on Tuesday to honor Emory Melton, a former state Senator who represented southwest Missouri for six terms, from 1973-1996.

"Emory Melton had many titles during his life -- longtime state senator, attorney, newspaper publisher and historian, and especially loving husband and father," Nixon said. "He had a deep love and respect for the natural beauty of the Ozarks, and was a leader in preserving that beauty for future generations. I was honored to serve alongside him in the state Senate for six years, and to learn from him. My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of the First Lady, are with his family and friends in mourning his passing.

"Melton was committed to leaving Missouri better than he found it, and in so many ways that is exactly what he did. Among Melton's proudest achievements was leading the effort to build an inn and conference center at his beloved Roaring River State Park, which Missouri families and visitors will enjoy for generations to come."

Melton's services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Cassville.

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