Born:January 4, 1949

Passed Away:March 26, 2014

Location:Phoenix, Arizona

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Beatrice Antoinette Melton

Beatrice MeltonThe journey of Beatrice Melton (a.k.a. B.J.) was one of life, laughter and love.

She LIVED. . . . . 

She was born on January 4, 1949 to John Gaither and Allonia Frances Jackson in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She was the oldest of five siblings: Elise D’Arcy, Jerry and Joey (the twins), and Bill. Loved by her grandfather, he nicknamed her “Sweetpea”.  She had a loving spirit as a child and was always ready for adventure.  She took her big sister role very seriously and more often than not she was guiding and directing them, in other words “being the mother”. She developed a special bond with her aunt, Barbara and they grew up as sisters; close and inseparable.  She loved her family and sought to help, nurture and take care of them however and whenever she could.

Sweetie, as she became known, was an avid reader and an excellent student who excelled in all of her studies.  She attended the public schools in Winston-Salem and after graduating from Anderson High School went on to attend UNC-G, the University of South Carolina and Fisk University where she studied Psychology.  After graduation and because of her love for people and providing guidance she pursued a career in the Substance Abuse and Addiction field.  It was in this field that she began to flourish as a motivator and counselor and developed a passion for helping people to better their lives.

In the 1970’s she set her sights on the big city and moved to Detroit, Michigan, where she oversaw addiction/substance abuse programs. While in Michigan she became reacquainted with her hometown sweetheart Louis Melton.  They married and in 1981 she was blessed with her first daughter Lisa Nicole and ecstatic when in 1982 Michelle Lynette was born.  The arrival of Lisa and Michelle spurned BJ to step out and realize her dream of having her own business.  She began American Consultants, Inc. and used her knowledge to build a company that provided life-changing training to many companies and people throughout Michigan, Indiana, Chicago and other states.

She LAUGHED . . . .

“You must laugh often” was one of her favorite sayings.  Chicki McGhee (affectionately nicknamed by her daughters) was always full of life and laughter.  She was always engaged in some new endeavor that would cause her to laugh, especially at herself.  Over the last few years her biggest laughing point was that she was now “officially a little old lady” and there was no shortage of benign activities that turned into “adventure”.

She LOVED . . . .

Whether you called her Beatrice, Sweetpea, Sweetie, BJ, or Chicki there was one thing that you always knew – she loved you. Whether she was your sister, mother, cousin, aunt or friend have no doubt that she loved you.  If you hadn’t talked to or seen her in a while, she loved you.  She loved you when you were right and she loved you when you were wrong.  Chicki shared a love that made you feel like you were the most important person in the world.

She leaves to carry on the legacy of love and cherish her memory her daughters, Lisa Melton, of Cincinnati, OH and Michelle Melton of Phoenix, AZ; her faithful dog Kacey; her sister, Elise D’Arcy Weathers-Cadmus (Emmanuel) of Southfield, MI; three brothers, Jerry Jackson (Bessie) of Upland, CA, Joey Jackson (Lavern, a.k.a. Bonnie) of Upland, CA and Bill Jackson (Mary) of Farmington Hills, MI; and a host of nieces and nephews.




Funeral Service

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 @ 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Best Funeral Services 9380 West Peoria Avenue Peoria, Arizona 85345 623-486-1955


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3 Memories to “Beatrice Antoinette Melton”

  1. Stefan "PA" Harris says:

    Although my heart is heavy my soul rejoices as I know I will see you again, Chicki. Thanks for being a wonderful cousin, aunt, mother and friend who lived and lead by example. Your lifetime of labor will not be in vain. I got the lessons. Rest on my love!! To Essa and Shelli be strong in the Lord and know that I’m always just a phone call away. Love you guys bunches.

  2. Doris Wilson says:

    May it console you to know that BJ/Sweetie will live on in the hearts and memories of the many who care.

    She will greatly be missed


  3. Carolyn Carter says:

    B.J. we have been friends forever; although it seems sometimes like a mother and daughter relationship because you were always giving me advice about life. You were my friend, mentor, sister and most of all a loving, caring and genuinely happy spirit-filled woman. You would always say when you travel if you can afford it always stay in the best hotel and be comfortable. I know you are finally in the loving arms of God sitting on the beach where you always talked about living. We shared so many times together. I remember the first time kept “the girls” as you affectionately referred to your daughters; on Ward Street. You were the directress in my wedding and hosted the baby should at your apartment in Southfield for my middle son. You did everything on a grand scale and your home was always open to family and friends. Even though we had not seen each other for a while, I always called you on your birthday just to hear your voice and you would say, “the world just keeps on turning; your children will be grown before you know it, and I don’t know where you get the strength to keep so busy.” I will miss your wisdom, but you will always be the voice in my head. Thank you for bring my friend and big sister.

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