Delbert Earle Melton

By on August 19, 2023

Born in Newport News, VA to Virgil Melton (deceased) and Darlene Mays-Tittman. He passed away at 70 years old March 15th in Ahoskie, NC from diabetes and severe back injury. His mother survives him along with siblings Dee Guillory (Mark) of Gloucester, VA; brothers Allan Melton (Melonie) of Poquoson, VA; and Cleve Melton (Cheryl) of Smithfield, VA.  Numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousin’s morn his loss but appreciate that he is out of pain. A special thanks to Ben and Ozzie as caregivers when the family couldn’t always be with Delbert.

Graduating from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1971 as an All-State football player and wrestler, he went on to play football for Chowan College in NC. In 2018 he was inducted into Chowan’s Hall of Fame for athletes. He played two years as a defensive lineman for Chowan. In the 2nd year at Chown, Delbert achieved All-Coastal Conference honors, All-Region X honors, and NCJAA All-America, Second Team honors. He then received a full ride scholarship to North Carolina State University to continue his education, playing career, and of course surf OBX. A knee injury stopped his football career, and life’s goals to surf forever came true. Life as a “Surf Bum” brought financial challenges as he had multiple jobs in construction, fishing boats, bar bouncer and lawn mower. His OBX and surfing friends came to his rescue by Go Fund Me for County liens on property, and later for his Nursing Home. He appreciated you.

Delbert mellowed as he aged, becoming religious and accepting of the fate life handed him. He was no longer rebellious of the “establishment” of the 60’s and reminisced about his life’s journey. Delbert always dreamed of going to Hawaii. In early 2020 he got there and rode a few waves on a paddle board. He cherished the friendships he made, and watching young surfers grow in their capabilities and professions.

Delbert’s family is looking forward to Celebrating his Life with surfing friends and Norfolk Catholic and Chowan college friends. Permits and parking have been arranged for September 16th on East Bonnet Street and Virginia Dare Trail. Celebration begins promptly at 11:00 a.m.; Paddle Out is Noon. This event is on a beach, so be prepared with lawn chairs & coolers.


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