Melvin Lavern McNiel, 77, of Ringgold

Melvin Lavern McNiel, 77, of Ringgold, Georgia, passed away Monday July 31, 2017.

A native of Montrose, Michigan, he has lived in the Ringgold area for the past 27 years. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired employee of General Motors where he worked for over 30 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Byron Chester and Odessa Geneva Dodge McNiel; son, Mark McNiel; brother, Chester McNiel and sister, Jeanette Nathan.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nina Rood McNiel of Ringgold, GA.; two sons, Matthew J. McNiel of Carrollton, GA., and Troy Lee McNiel of Ringgold, GA.; sister, Cynthia Hayes of Montrose, MI.; Three brothers, Byron "B.J." McNiel Jr. of Montrose, MI, Ronald McNiel of Alpena, MI., and Donald McNiel of Burchrun, MI.; three grandchildren, Odessa Rose McNiel, Alexander Claude McNiel, and Michael Anthony McNiel; several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel Ringgold, Georgia.