God saw he was getting tired,
And a cure was not to be;
He put his arms around him
And whispered, “Come with me.”
With tearful eyes we watched him suffer
And saw him fade away,
Although we loved him dearly,
We could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Strong able hands at rest;
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.
Mr. Melvin C. Arps, “Mac,” was born in Winona, TX on July 11, 1934. He was the son of the late Mellie, Sr. and Lurlean Arps. He was preceded in death by; his parents, his brothers, Joe, Winford, and Jesse, and his sister, Earine.
Mac attended the Winona Public Schools where he graduated valedictorian of his class. He surrendered his life to Christ at an early age with the New Zion Baptist Church in Winona, TX. Mac served 4 years in the United States Army. He married Lovie L. Coats in 1960. They moved to St. Louis in 1961. Mac was an entrepreneur who owned and operated Town and Country Building Maintenance until he retired in 2000. He became a member of Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. Mac developed many lasting friendships through his favorite hobby of bowling.
Mac leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of 45 years, Lovie, their son and daughters, Melvin Arps, Jr. (Beverly), Melva Arps, Monica White (Robert) and Kayla Arps all of St. Louis, MO. Additional daughters and sons, Marilyn Johnson of Dallas, TX, LaRee Ballard of Flint, MI, and Kevin Porter of Dallas, TX; fourteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Brother, Mellie Arps, Jr. (Roy Lee) of Tyler, TX; Sisters, Dorothye Faye Brown of Tyler, TX and Alice Ruth Grant (Robert) of Los Angeles, CA.
Others that will cherish his memory are a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
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