Albert Kenneth Melear, Sr.

Mr. Albert Kenneth Melear, Sr. of Fayetteville passed away on October 27, 2016. Kenneth was best known as the owner of Melear’s Barbecue in Fayetteville, GA where he opened his restaurant in 1957. During his time as owner of the restaurant, Kenneth was asked by Governor Jimmy Carter and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to cater events at the Governor’s Mansion and in Washington, DC.  An Army veteran, and the Chief Magistrate Judge in Fayette County until 2002, Kenneth had a passion for politics and love of NASCAR. He was the son of the late J.V. and Ludie Melear and is survived by his son, Albert Kenneth (Ken) Melear, Jr.  and his wife, Sharon of Fayetteville; sister, Edna Melear Mitchell of Fairburn; brother, Harvey Melear and his wife, Myra of Fairburn; grandchildren , Holly Melear; Albert Kenneth (Bert) Melear, III ; Michelle Melear and Michael Melear. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 31, 2016 at 11 o’clock at the Chapel of Parrott Funeral Home with Dr. Gene Tyre officiating. Interment to follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park. Those wishing may send an online condolence at In lieu of flowers those desiring may make donations to Southwest Christian Care, 7225 Lester Rd., Union City, GA  30290. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory.




Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.

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