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Estate Bequeathed To College - Brevard NC


Last updated 12/3/2014 at 1:17pm

(From left to right) County Commissioner Larry Chapman, cousin and executor of Melton's estate, with his wife, Jill, and Brevard College President David Joyce. (Courtesy photo)

Joyce Love Melton designated her entire estate to Brevard College to benefit student scholarships through the Loyalty Scholarship Fund (now called the Brevard Annual Fund), according to a college press release.

Melton left this gift in memory of her mother, Ammie, and her uncle, Herschell Larry Wilson, both of whom attended the Brevard Institute.

The importance of an education was instilled in Melton at a very young age by her mother, Ammie, the release said.

Melton's mother often said, "Attending Brevard Institute was the best thing that happened to me. It allowed me to go on to earn a further degree, which led to employment opportunities in the early 1900s when few women had such an education."

Melton lived in Shelby, N.C., where she cared for her brother, who had special needs.

Though she lived a very modest life style, Melton was able to support Brevard College with a small monthly gift for more than 10 years.

"Joyce appreciated and valued the opportunities that a college education provides young people, and religiously made a monthly donation to support student scholarships at Brevard College," recalls Susan Cothern, the college's vice president for philanthropic development. "I would routinely see Joyce when traveling through Shelby and always enjoyed spending time with such a gentle, sweet lady. I am humbled that she would leave her entire estate to Brevard College, knowing the sacrifices she made to support education."

Melton was truly a lifelong student, the release said.

"Joyce often told me that she wished she lived close enough to Brevard College to audit classes and get to know the students and faculty here," recalled Cothern. She audited numerous classes at Gardner-Webb University and was a regular fixture on their campus.

Melton's gift means many students will receive financial assistance to achieve the college education that she valued so much. Their lives will forever be changed because of her compassion and philanthropy.

"I never had the privilege of meeting Ms. Melton, but I understand that she was quite a lady," said Brevard College President David Joyce. "She was close to Susan Cothern for many years, and Susan has told me of Joyce's passion for helping others obtain a college degree.

"For Ms. Melton to leave her entire estate to Brevard College is not only special and remarkable, it is a testament to the degree to which she believed in this institution and our ability to transform the lives of students through her gift. We are beyond appreciative."


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