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James Melvin Steadman

CLEVELAND- James Melvin Steadman, Sr. age 73 of Cleveland went to be with
his Lord Wednesday December 9, 2015 at his home in Cleveland.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 2:00PM till 4:00 PM
at Cleveland Funeral Home. The family will also receive friends from 1:00 PM
until 1:45 PM Monday, December 14, 2015 at Cleveland Funeral Home. The funeral
service will be held Monday, December 14, at 2:00 PM in the Cleveland Funeral
Home Chapel .Burial will follow in the North Cleveland Cemetery. Reverend Buddy
Jennings will officiate the service.

Melvin was born January 30, 1942 on the Zumbro Plantation to Thomas Elmer and
Lorene Mosley Steadman. He graduated from Cleveland High School in 1960.
Melvin worked for Denton's Milk Company, Baxter Laboratories and
the University of Florida police department before attending the Mississippi
State Highway Patrol School in 1972. He was a Master Sergeant for the
Mississippi Highway Patrol at his retirement in 2002. After retirement , he
became a Court Security Officer for the US Marshall's Office in Greenville,
MS and was employed there until April of 2015. Melvin was a lifelong member
of Mid-South Baptist Church where he served as Deacon and Treasurer. He was a
former escort for the Delta State University football team for 20 years.
He was very appreciative of the Championship ring he received.
Melvin loved singing with the Living Sonlight and the Steadman Brothers quartets since 1995.
Melvin enjoyed fishing, trot lining and supporting his favorite sports teams; Delta State
University and Ole Miss.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 47 years Devra Holman Steadman of Cleveland, MS, Son, Steve Holman of Salina, KS, Daughter, Kristin Steadman Junkin (Roy) of Indianola, MS,
Sons; James M. "Bubba" Steadman, Jr. (Marsha) of Cleveland, MS, Kenneth
Steadman of Cleveland, MS and Russell Steadman (Renee)of Cleveland, MS.
Grandchildren; Kayla Holman, Cade and Reed Junkin, Trace, Zachand Sarah
Katherine Steadman, Kenneth Leslie Steadman, Jr., Timothy and Lindsey
Steadman, Tristain, Hayden, Peyton and Camden Steadman. One great grandchild,
Kellin Daniel. Three sisters; Louise Oswalt of Cleveland, MS, Annette
Higginbotham of Norfolk, NE, Janet Hall of Weaver, AL, and a host of nieces
and nephews.

Pallbearers are the Mississippi Highway Patrol Honor Guard.
Honorary pallbearers are Court Security Officers (current and former) and
the Mississippi Highway Patrol (current and former).

Memorials may be made to Mid -South Baptist Church P O Box 1775Cleveland, MS
38732 or The Women's Resource Center P. O. Box 4335, Cleveland, MS38732.

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Theon-line guest
register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net

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I'm sorry for your loss. Melvin and I went to school together, I believe, in Merigold and also in Cleveland. He was a very nice young man when I knew him. Jim Craddock

Jim Craddock - December 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We are thinking of you and your family. My sister Jeri appreciated the friendship of your family and I as well.With Deepest Sympathy Robert Love

Robert Love - December 15, 2015 at 05:27 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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Christine Gilbert - December 15, 2015 at 01:51 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Devra, Christin, Bubba, Kenneth and Russell: Our hearts are saddened as are yours but we are also rejoicing with you and just a little envious that Melvin has reached heaven before we have. Oh, I simply cannot imagine the joy he is experiencing right now as he sits at the feet of his Savior, worshiping Him and singing praises to Him in that deep bass voice of his. While we realize that his work down here appears to have been complete, we also know that those words of wisdom that he has spoken, those acts of kindness that he has shown, and the example that his life portrayed as a child of God will live on and be an influence in someone's life whom he touched. The memories we share of times spent in Cleveland many years ago are so precious to us. We will continue to pray for you in the days and months ahead as you go through the grieving process. We love you very much.Billy and Ruby Franks

Ruby and Billy Franks - December 14, 2015 at 08:50 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

When our family came to Mississippi 17 years ago, Melvin took time out after church on Sunday to get my husband and I our MS Driver Licenses. He was a precious man. I loved him. Several of our children were also baptized by Pastor Bruce Gresham in Melvin and Devra's backyard pool! We are grateful to have known Melvin Steadman and his family. What great voices he and his sons had together as well! Sincerely, Christine Gilbert.

Christine Gilbert - December 13, 2015 at 09:09 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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Cleveland Funeral Home - December 13, 2015 at 01:47 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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Cleveland Funeral Home - December 13, 2015 at 09:10 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My condolences to the Steadman family. God blessed me with your friendship Melvin. Rest in peace my friend.Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan - December 12, 2015 at 06:40 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Russlle and family I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Steadman. The few times I got to meet him he was very kind to me and I loved hearing him and his sons sing. I know he will be missed. Just remember we will all meet again in heaven. Sending my Love. Susan Therrell and family.

Susan Therrell - December 12, 2015 at 11:22 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I always wondered how any man as gentle and quiet as Melvin could have been in law enforcement. Daddy used to say that Melvin was the epitome of who should be given that responsibility, because he brought so much trust and respect to the uniform. After Melvin and I became friends on Facebook and I found out he had started a quartet AND could sing, I told him on a post that he should send CD's to his real friends. What a thrill it was to receive one a few days later! I know he's having a great time, sitting around the throne, singing praises to the Lord. What a blessing he was and we will cherish the memories...praying for you, Devra, and the family.

Carla Daves Troxclair - December 12, 2015 at 12:53 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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