OTTUMWA, Iowa—Melvin Ray Mattox, a pastor, died Feb. 20. He was 94.

Melvin was a 1959 graduate of Omaha Bible Institute. He served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Chatsworth, Illinois; Grace Baptist Church, Winterset, Iowa; Berean Baptist Church, Pella, Iowa; Unionville Baptist Church, Unionville, Iowa; and Faith Baptist Church, Knoxville, Iowa.

He preached his last official sermon on May 7, 2016, on his 90th birthday. Upon his retirement, he became a member of North Court Baptist Church in Ottumwa.

At the 2011 GARBC Conference in Denver, he received a Christian Service Award for his faithful ministry.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Fern; two daughters, Connie Manus and Pat Peckham; two sons, Randy and Steve; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.