Obituary: Melville Tully, Jr.

Mel Tully, 75, passed into Eternal Life and joined the Heavenly Choir on Oct. 17, 2018 at his home in Visalia, Calif. Mel touched many lives with his ministry, kindness and laughter.

Born on March 2, 1943 in Inglewood, Calif., Mel grew up in Los Angeles County. He attended California State University, Long Beach where he received his bachelor’s degree in music, then began a career as a minister of music at Malibu Presbyterian Church. In 1980, he moved his family to Visalia to continue his ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Visalia and most recently at First Presbyterian Church in Lindsay. In 1989, he began driving school bus for Visalia Unified School District and spent many years driving children with special needs.

While in Visalia, he became involved in the national handbell organization, serving on the board in various capacities, including area chairman and conference chair.

Many Christmas seasons saw Mel directing local musicians in Handel’s Messiah, a personal favorite of his.

Mel married his high school sweetheart, Gail, in 1965 in Redondo Beach, Calif. and they enjoyed 53 years together.

Mel is survived by wife Gail; son Brian (Esmeralda) Tully of Bakersfield, Calif.; daughters Cyndi Tully of Tustin and Cathy Tully of Visalia; brother Andrew (Becky) Tully, and three grandchildren, Andrew, Gabriela, and Daniela.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Nov. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lindsay with reception following. Arrangements entrusted to Hadley-Marcom Funeral Chapel, Visalia.

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