Melvin Joseph Stelly, 86, of Port Neches, passed away on Sunday, April 6, at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.

He was born on April 23, 1927 to Isabell Broussard Stelly and Leon Stelly in Arnaudville, La. Melvin was a resident of Port Arthur before moving to Port Neches over 51 years ago. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1945. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II, and retired from Texaco as a stillman/welder after 37 years of service. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Port Neches.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 8, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Funeral service will be at 10:00 am, Wednesday, April 9, in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson. Burial will follow in Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Naomi Juanita Stelly and his brother, Leon Stelly, Jr.

Melvin is survived by his five children, Mark and wife Gina Stelly of Port Arthur, Charles and wife Karri of Bridge City, Alan Stelly of Port Neches, Terri and husband Rayford Maddux of Port Neches, Jennifer and husband William of Nederland; six grandchildren, Eric Stelly, Ryan Stelly, Kyle Stellly, Morgan Simmons, Mason Simmons and Mitchell Simmons, along with two great grandchildren, Emma Marshall and Kaden Stelly; as well as his half-sister, Jenette Stelly of Lafayette, several nieces and nephews.