Funeral services for Melvin Leon Stum, 73, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, will be held at 12 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at St. James United Methodist Church, 3715 Utica Sellersburg Road, in Jeffersonville, with burial to follow in Charlestown Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-8 PM and on Wednesday from 11-12 PM at the church. He passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.
Melvin Leon Stum, 73 was born on October 26, 1949 in Jeffersonville, Indiana to the late, Francis and Helen Oglesby Stum.
He graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1968. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He worked mostly for himself fixing appliances he was a jack of all trades he could fix about anything. He was good at rigging some stuff too. He could break down a washer and dryer and have it up and running in no time. He even owned his own appliance and thrift store at one time.
Melvin enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, barbequing, and gardening with his family and playing his harmonica. Fishing was his passion, he loved to fish with Brenda, Chris, Dwayne and other friends and family. He and his nephew shared a garden, and when the vegetables were ripe and ready he always shared them with his family and friends. He loved to cook and whatever he had in the kitchen that’s what went in his creations. Of course hot sauce would be in every dish.
Melvin loved to use his talents around the church, whenever something needed fixing he was always there to lend a helping hand.
When it was time for our Family Reunion, Melvin and “crew” would gather at his house the night before and grill the meat and party all night long. Sometime during the night you can believe there would be a jam session of him and his cousin Greg on the harmonica, which he loved to play.
He also loved the 32 years he spent while living in Florida. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn Stinson and her husband, Kevin Stinson Sr.: and a brother-in-law, Edward Martin Jr.
Melvin is survived by two sons, Steven Coffey and Christopher Coffey; five siblings, Gwendolyn Martin, Brenda Anderson (Brad), Betty Blair, (Derrick), Joy O’Bannon-Ray (Derrick), Derrick Booker (Teejan); his step-mother, Katie Stum; a step-sister, Karen Davis; a step-brother, Douglas Davis (Vitta); his faithful longtime companion, Brenda Tutt; three granddaughters; four great grandchildren; three aunts; one uncle; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.