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Melba JoAnne Bookout

May 4, 1936 — May 4, 2021

Melba JoAnne Bookout, 85, of Cornelius, North Carolina passed away on May 4, 2021. 

She was born in West Jefferson, North Carolina on May 4, 1936 to the late James Walter Blevins and Anna Beulah Blevins.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Bookout, as well as two sisters and one brother.

Melba is survived by her daughter, Missy Taylor (Todd); son, Tim Cherry (Debra); step-children, David and Patti; grandchildren, Cason and Genna Cherry and Holly Taylor; step-grandchildren, Leigh Ann and Lindsay; great-grandchildren, Maeve and Chloe Cherry; and sisters, Polly Andrakakos, Alda Vandling, Martha Jennings (Rex), Willa Schlegel (Phil), and Wanda Egly (Bob).

Melba enjoyed gardening, reading, and cooking, but above all, loved spending time with her family.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made in Melba’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123.

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Services is caring for the Bookout family. Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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