Jere Donald Melilli Sr.
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Baton Rouge, LA
Jere Donald Melilli, Sr. "The time of my ascension has come, I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at the day; and not to me only but unto all those that love His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Dr. Melilli was born April 14, 1933 and received the ultimate transformation on July 28, 2021 when the Lord Jesus welcomed him into heaven. He was faithful to the purpose that God had given him. He was a family doctor for 45 years, a pastor for 40 years, a missionary and evangelist to 13 different countries, an educator who founded, built, and supported several schools, an author of five books, and held many other titles by which he served his generation. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Joan "Kitty" Melilli; three children, Jere "Jere Don" Donald Melilli, Jr., Angela Melilli-Raphael, Jonathan F. Melilli; five grandchildren, Lacee Perry, Jonathan "Jay" Melilli, Alexandria "Lexi" Melilli, Jaden Melilli, and Jordan Melilli; three great-grandchildren, Fields Perry, William Perry, and Eleanor Perry; and a brother and sister-in-law, David Victor and Darrellynn Hon Melilli. He is preceded in death by his son, Stephen Melilli, his father, Jasper A. Melilli, Sr., his mother, Josephine Pecorino Melilli, and his brother, Jasper A. Melilli, Jr. Before graduating Baton Rouge High School in 1951, he was the editor of the school paper and yearbook. He was awarded the Most Outstanding Key Clubber for Louisiana, Mississippi and West Tennessee Kiwanis District. After graduating from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1957, he went on to become board certified with the American Academy of Family Practice. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Society, Christian Medical Society, and was on the medical staff of both the Baton Rouge General and Lady of the Lake Hospitals. He served as Secretary of the Medical Staff for Doctor's Memorial Hospital. He was a medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Agency, and a consultant for the Social Security Disability Division. He served as a deacon for the First Assembly of God Church, and national vice chairman of Light for the Lost Men's Fellowship Division of the Assemblies of God. Out of a coffee house ministry created for teenagers, Christian Life Fellowship and Academy were born. These ministries not only impacted the city of Baton Rouge, but also the furthest corners of the world. He served on the International Board of Directors for the Full Gospel Businessmen for 18 years, and was president of their Local Chapter. He was a member of the Board of Regents at Oral Roberts University and filled that role for 20 years. He was vice president of Camino Devida in Lima, Peru, helped build an orphanage for Peruvian children, and was on the Board of Directors of Rancho Louisiana, an orphanage and bible school in Mexico. He was a senior member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. Services will be held at the Church of the King campus (formerly the Christian Life campus). Visitation will be from 9 am to 11 am on August 6, 2021, followed immediately by the Celebration Service from 11 am to 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Melilli Family Foundation, which continues his support of various ministries.



Published by The Advocate from Jul. 31 to Aug. 6, 2021.
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6
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9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Church of the King
2037 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
Aug
6
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11:00a.m.
Church of the King
2037 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
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My sympathy to & prayers for Doc's family. My life long gratitude for his founding SonShine Manor and later on Christian Life Fellowship. My having resided in the Mansion on Foster Dr. during '74 thru '75 was an invaluable experience . Has had priceless life long effects for me.
Michael Dubroc
Friend
August 7, 2021
FOWLER FAMILY
August 5, 2021
I first met Dr Melilli in 1969 when he was starting his practice on Highland Road. As a patient I was always treated with respect and given the best care possible. He will be missed. My love goes out to the family members.
anthony Martina
August 5, 2021
Andy Melilli Family
August 4, 2021
Dr. Jere Melilli had a love for his medical and his spiritual calling. He was also an adventurous man who enjoyed traveling. Most of all he was a true gentleman and he will be greatly missed!
Christopher Lewis
August 4, 2021
Shaun and Christie Conley
August 3, 2021
As one of five young people who decided to start The Looking Glass Coffee House ministry right after the Billy Graham Crusade October of 1970. We approached "Doc" Melilli asking for guidance and direction for our ministry. A week later, "Doc" came back to us and suggested that we move the coffee house from just off the LSU campus to Florida Blvd behind the Dairy Queen near Broadmoor High and several other area high schools. After opening our doors, we began to see between 100-200 high school and college age students come to The Looking Glass every Friday and Saturday night we preached the Gospel and led young people to Jesus. We asked "Doc" to lead a follow up Bible Study for new believers. Where the coffee house closed August of 1971. Doc´s Thursday night bible studies continued until fall of 1975 when Doc felt that our fellowship as a community of believers was becoming a church. Together, we called the new church, Christian Life Fellowship, We all thank God for bringing Dr. Jere Melilli into our lives and hearts. Doc, may God richest blessings reward you for your part in teaching, mentoring, and training a lot of young people whose hearts were hungry for Jesus. You did a great job of feeding the sheep! Blessings and Love, David Joffrion
David Joffrion
Friend
August 3, 2021
Ms. Kitty, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Leigh Anne Echols
August 2, 2021
My sincere condolences for your family. I started following Doc when he was at the warehouse off of Tom Dr as well as attended his school.
Tanya Joiner
August 2, 2021
As a fellow alumni of BRHS class of 1952 and LSU 1956. it is good to learn of Jere's accomplishments in a life that I am sure is well pleasing to our heavenly Father. May God comfort the hearts of his wife, children and all the members of his family as well as his friends.
Dale Caston
School
August 2, 2021
Dr. Melilli was extremely important me and my family over the course of my life. He will be missed by us all.
Rene Ortlieb
Friend
August 2, 2021
Dear Angela and Kitty, Jere was a blessing to me from God...What a wonderful friend...and what a wonderful, anointed man of God...
Tom Harmon
August 1, 2021
Doc had a very wonderful and eternal impact on our lives. He will be missed. See you soon Doc.
Wilhelmina and Dan Palmer
Friend
July 31, 2021
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