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In God’s infinite wisdom, the six day of December 1969, chose to bring forth a humble vessel and named her Melissa Denise Stokeling. This blessed creation was brought forth through the God given union of Albert Hobes and Mary Ann Stokeling.
She joined the Magnolia Baptist Church at an early age under the leadership of Rev. Richard Lockett. Melissa graduated in 1987 from Macon County High School. She matriculated her educational studies at South Georgia Technical College receiving a Diploma in Business Education. On May 23, 1992, she joined in holy matrimony to Kelvin Ross and to this union one child was born, Kelvin Ross, Jr. She later enhanced her education by enrolling at Fort Valley State University, receiving an Associate Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Infant and Child Development. Melissa knew the importance of education, therefore, she continued until she earned a Master Degree from Walden University. Melissa being a passionate advocate of early learning utilized her knowledge as a teacher for Fort Valley State University Headstart program. She was motivated and determined to improve the learning outcomes, living standards, academics and professional success of her students.
In her spare time, she enjoyed reading all types of novels, shopping and spending time with her family and friends. Melissa played a vital role in the creation of the “Bright, Bold, and Beautiful Enrichment Day Camp for young female students in Taylor County. She was a graduate of Leadership Taylor Class of 2007 and she assist with the organization of Youth Leadership Taylor County. Melissa served as a board member for the Taylor County Department of Family and Children Services, appointed by the Taylor County Board of Commissioners.
Melissa's love for her faith and family will be forever cherished by the following: one son. Kelvin Ross, Jr.; parents; Mary Ann Stokeling and Albert Hobes, Sr., six brothers, Christopher Moore, Kelvin Stokeling, Marcus Stokeling, Jessie Kaigler, Albert Hobes, Jr. and Roderick Hobes; four sisters, Betty Stokeling, Jennifer Hobes, Ruthie Hobes, and Rose Marie Hobes,; grandmothers, Claudia Mae Henderson and Rosa Thomas, a devoted and dear friend of 29 years, D.Elaine Smith; one special nephew, Tudarius Stokeling, one special niece, Kellie Stokeling; Devoted Aunt, Debra Hobes; three God-Children, Erica Little, Kirby Rachalla, and Shanterria Harris and host of other relatives and friends.
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