In Memory of Mel Saunders


We join with the many friends and colleagues who are mourning the loss of Mel Saunders, a CFO board member who died Saturday as a result of injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash near Evansville, Ind., last week.

A financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, Mel had served on the CFO Board of Directors since June 2006. He also served as chair of our Scholarship Committee, which selected the recipients of the scholarship funds administered by the CFO.

Mel was just 35 and he and his wife, Theresa, had a two-year-old son, Tyson. He was involved in a number of community organizations, in addition to ours, including the Boys & Girls Club, Sertoma, and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. We last saw Mel at the Chamber’s annual membership luncheon last Wednesday, greeting friends as usual with his big, wide smile.

Visitation for Mel Saunders will take place from 1-6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, and again from 2-3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7, at the James River Assembly of God Realife Center in Ozark. His service will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, at the James River Realife Center.