Melba Rae Hines Neville, 80, of Wilmington, North Carolina, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
She was born in Wilmington on March 1, 1936 to Luther Thomas “Luke” Hines and Ruby Merritt Hines. She was the widow of the late Ralph B. “Pete” Neville.
Melba was a longtime member of the Order of Eastern Star as a member of AREME Chapter #372, where she served for many years as chapter organist. She was past worthy matron of Goldenrod Chapter #142, and served the Grand Chapter of N.C. Order of Eastern Star as grand organist. She loved music and enjoyed playing at the many Eastern Star chapters in the Wilmington area.
She and her husband, Pete, owned and operated R.B. Neville Plumbing Service for many years until retirement. Her family also operated Hines Fish Market at Wrightsville Beach for many years.
Melba is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Getz (Tom); two sons, Ralph “Bubba” Neville Jr. and Troy Neville (Kathy); a brother, L.T. Hines Jr. (Joy); grandchildren, Ralph “Trey” III (Kelly), Brett (Heather), Travis and Cody (Jessica); and two great-grandchildren, Emma Rae and Luke.
The family will see friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel, 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, and at other times at the home of Melba’s daughter, 605 Sandfiddler Point Road, Wilmington.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Oleander Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Melba’s sons and grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Sellers, Dane Sellers and L.T. Hines.
Special thanks to her home caregivers, Towanna, Ms. Gayle and Pearl, as well as Lower Cape Fear Hospice and the Brunswick Cove Nursing Center.