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April 4, 2014

Melvin Tyler Dobbins

55; New Albany

A celebration of life services for Melvin Tyler Dobbins, 55, New Albany, will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Galatian Missionary Baptist Church, New Albany, with burial in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany. He died Wednesday, April 2, 2014, after a long battle with lung cancer.

He was born Aug. 26, 1958 in Indianapolis, to Mary Ella Tyler and the late Arthur Dobbins. He was the fourth child of 11 children. He graduated from Broad Ripple High School then he started working in the food industry. He worked as a cook at Norton Audubon Hospital and he was a chef at the Rivue Restaurant in the Galt House Hotel. He became an ordained minister in 1982 and he was an associate minister at Eastside New Hope Baptist Church, Indianapolis, and Galatian Missionary Baptist Church, New Albany.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Ella Dobbins; his daughter, Jasmine Dobbins; sisters, Areatha Williams, Ruth Ann Dobbins, and Geraldine Dobbins; and brothers, Spencer Dobbins, Claudius “Chick” Dobbins, and Thomas Dobbins.

 He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Dobbins, and brothers, Arthur Dobbins Jr., Eugene Dobbins, Michel “Mickey” Dobbins, and Willie Dobbins.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, at the church.

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