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Dave McKinney, son-in-law of Mel Ashcraft, shared the following information regarding Mel:
"I am heartbroken to let you all know that Mel passed on this morning after undergoing exploratory surgery at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
As many of you know, he was fighting cancer, and had undergone a surgery last week. Due to the cancer treatment, and the two surgeries, recuperation was too much for his body. At the beginning of the surgery last night, he suffered a heart attack. He was revived and stabilized but there was just too much for him to overcome.
Please keep our family in our prayers. Visitation will be held Monday, April 8 from 6 PM to 8 PM at H. M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. The funeral will be held at the same location on Tuesday at 2 PM.
We will leave Mel's email <USWOAJUSTMEL@aol.com> up for one week to accommodate your responses."
With Love for Mel,
Mel was a longtime USWOA M1 mat official from Atlanta, GA. He was active nationally and was especially beloved in the Southeast Region where he will be remembered as a friend and as a mentor to countless up-and-coming mat officials.