Welcome to the
memorial page for
Melvin LeRoy Finley, Sr.
December 8, 1938
~May 15, 2023
Melvin LeRoy Finley, Sr. was born on December 8, 1938, in Bayonne to the late Ruth (Townes) and Arrie Finley, Sr. Melvin was one of twelve children. He was educated in the Bayonne school system. Melvin joined the United States Air Force in Newark, NJ on May 11, 1955. He was employed by the Matawan School system for 15 years.
Melvin enjoyed going hunting and fishing with his family. He loved traveling with his family and friends. Melvin truly enjoyed relaxing and watching his Westerns, Bar Rescue and Sunday sports. Melvin was completely dedicated to his family, his wife of 23 years, and his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren were his life.
Melvin is predeceased by his parents, Arrie and Ruth Finley, four brothers; Arrie Jr., Chester, Keith and Dennis Finley, and three sisters; Delores Kemp, Lorraine Baskerville, and Karen Pharmes, and his foster daughter, Felicia Dotson.
Melvin leaves to cherish his loving memories his loving wife, Lillian Finley, children; Tanya (Michael) Frederick, Athena (Laverne) Underwood, Alethea (Arthur) Vaughn, Melvin (Leola) Finley, Darren (Denise) Finley, and Kim Morries, Juanita (Derek) Finley, Charles Thomas, Charlene Thomas, Mary Thomas, Michelle Davis, Harold (Noelia) Watson; 33 grandchildren including his devoted caretaker, Latonia Finley, and a host of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Four sisters; Janet Wilson, Emma Yelverton, Jacqueline Waller, Gwendolyn Alexander, one cousin; Geraldine Kee, four sisters-in-law; Shirley Finley, Mitchaleen (Cliff) Daniels, Trina Boyd, and Deborah Bartley, two brothers-in-law; Raymond Bennett and Leon Mills, three best friends; Trent Leroy Rhodes, Cliff Daniels, and Terry Crank, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.