Katherine “Katie” Anne Melson

Katie A. Melson, 31, of Simpsonville, wife of Jimmy Melson and mother of Van Alexander Melson, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020.

She was a wonderfully devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a dedicated farmer, gardener and beekeeper. Relationships with those she loved were most important and she adored staying active with her family and friends.

She impacted the lives of everyone she met, and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Born in Aiken, SC, she was the daughter of Anne Lomas Stange and the late Kenneth W. Stange.

In addition to her husband, Jimmy, and son, Van, Katie is survived by her mother, Anne Stange; her brother, Kenny Stange and his wife, Stephanie; her brother-in-laws, Kirk Melson and his wife, Weslyn, and their son, Rivers, and John Melson and his wife, Tiffany; and her in-laws, Kirk and Edie Melson.

Katie was incredibly proud of her husband’s service in the Marine Corps and wore the title of military spouse with honor. She supported all those who served and their families.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM in the First Baptist Church Simpsonville Worship Center with Pastor Randy Harling officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Due to COVID-19, mask will be required for those attending the funeral service and everyone is asked to practice “social distancing”.

Burial will be private for the family in the Simpsonville City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the GoFundMe page that has been set up to benefit their son, Van.

Condolences to the family of Katherine “Katie” Anne Melson

  • frances and dewey fortson, sr.
    4 years ago

    We are heartbroken over the loss of your wonderful loved one. May God grant you peace in your berievement.

  • B Scott Sanders
    4 years ago

    My heart is broken. I was fortunate to have worked with Katie several years ago. She was smart, cheerful, energetic and that award winning smile always brightened our day. I am praying for your family during this difficult time.

  • Judy Snyder
    4 years ago

    Sending prayers for comfort for the Melson and Stange families during this difficult time. Thinking of you all.
    Judy and Larry Snyder

  • Lynn Avant
    4 years ago

    I don’t even have the words to express the sorrow I feel and I can’t imagine what y’all are going through. The entire volleyball family from Hillcrest will be praying for your entire family.

    • Emme Gannon
      4 years ago

      I weep with you at your tragic loss. Prayers and love surround you.

  • Jeannie Waters
    4 years ago

    As a friend of Edie’s, my husband and I are praying for this precious family.

  • My heart is heavy for you. I pray for God’s peace over your family, please reach out if I can do anything to help.

  • What a beautiful tribute to Katie. Wish I could be with you on Saturday but will be saying a prayer for you at 1 pm.
    Think of her often and talk about memories of her and she always will be with you in spirit.


  • Georgina Mayfield
    4 years ago

    Our hearts are sadden for your loss. We are praying for you and the family.

  • Peter and Lydia Brown
    4 years ago

    It broke out sprits to hear of Katie’s passing. We have known the Stange family, Ken, Anne, Kenny and Katie for years. Ken was such a wonderful loving man and Anne held the same values. Those values were passed down to Kenny and Katie in abundance and you can tell from their spirit that family and honor were part of their DNA. We may not have been in touch but we follow with interest, the lives of Kenny and Katie and they somehow felt like family. It breaks our hearts to even be writing these words Katie but know that you left a legacy of love and joy.
    Jimmy, we never got to meet you but we knew you through Katie social media posts and it is clear you are a man of servive and sacrifice and you were greatly loved and in turn loving. Our hearts reach out to you and Van.
    Anne, Kenny and Jimmy if there is anything we can do for you at this tremendously difficult time please call on us to be of service.

  • Kim Bailey
    4 years ago

    We are so sorry for your loss! May God hold all of you close in these times.
    Love and prayers for your family.

  • Brian Melson
    4 years ago

    Our family offer our deepest sympathy in your loss. We are saddened to hear this. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Brian, Donna Melson and family.

  • Starr Ayers
    4 years ago

    I have no words other than “I’m so sorry”…and prayers for comfort and strength for all.

  • Jim McBride
    4 years ago

    We’re so sorry for your loss. Please know all of you are in our thoughts and many prayers for healing, comfort and peace. We remember so many wonderful times at South Aiken Presbyterian Church. We love you.
    “Jim” & Olin McBride

  • Stephanie Pavlantos
    4 years ago

    So, so sorry for your loss! Praying for your families. May God give you unimaginable peace and comfort.

  • Jeff & Nita Lyda
    4 years ago

    Jimmy, Edie, Kirk, and the rest of the family – know that we have been praying non-stop for your family. Katie was a special lady that to know her meant to love her. Her gentle spirit and selflessness touched our lives. While we will not be able to attend her home-going service tomorrow, we will be celebrating her life with you by serving others in her memory. We love you, Melson family, and will continue to cover you with prayers.

  • I am deeply saddened by the loss, and I am sorry that I cannot attend the service. My deepest sympathies go out to an amazing friend Jimmy and Kate’s wonderful family. I am fortunate to have been graced by Kate’s love of life, fitness and her beautiful smile.

  • Eileen Morris-Duke
    4 years ago

    As long as I can remember Katie always had a light that shined about her. I watched her grow up, marry and have a beautiful son. I will deeply miss Her! My sympathy and support to Jimmy, Ann, Van, Ken and Stephanie.

  • Melanie Martin Kocis
    4 years ago

    Jimmy and family, I have been praying for you all week and will continue. I am so, so sorry.

  • Jill Holland
    4 years ago

    I wish that Jeff and I could be there today but we are traveling. Our thoughts are with you all.

  • Cindy and Doug Skelley
    4 years ago

    We regret that we cannot be with you at this time, but know we are there in spirit. We too are grieving the the tragic loss of Katie. We will always remember Katie and her love and devotion to friends and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Cathy and John Skelley
    4 years ago

    John and I send our love and sympathy to Katie’s family and friends. We regret we cannot be there to share memories of precious, joyous moments with her. She was such a blessing to all of us.

  • Michael Wolfe
    4 years ago

    No words can express the loss you have suffered. May you find some measure of peace and life as you grieve in this time. My prayers are given for you all.

    4 years ago

    Jimmy, We are so sorry for your loss of your wife Katie, I can not imagine the felling of loss and sorrow that you and your families are feeling right now. Our Hope and Prayers are with you at this time. Please do not hesitate to contact me or Anne with anything you may need.

    Henry & Anne O’leary

  • Anne, Kenny, Jimmy, Paul and Family, my heart is so sad at your loss. Many thoughts and prayers are with you and will continue. May God comfort and strengthen you,

  • Linda Smith
    3 years ago

    I am so very sorry for this tragic loss that each of you are experiencing. I was notified via text to pray on the day of the accident but did not know who I was praying for, until today. My heart breaks knowing what a sweet person Katie was through her acquaintance awhile back with my son, Nathan who also played basketball with Kenny. My prayers for the Lord’s comfort continue for each of you.

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