Melissa D. Thurston

Born: 11/07/1941 Passed:

Melissa D. Thurston, a native of Florida, was born November 7, 1941 to Herman Braggs and Mildred Cash. Residing at Highland Pointe Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Facility, Highland Heights Ohio, Melissa was called home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Melissa, fondly known as “Missy”, attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School. Though she did not graduate, she obtained her GED later in life. In 1993, she migrated from Florida to Ohio with her daughter, LaToya. The dream she held with her sister was to build a church to minister to those who are broken in spirit.

Missy was a retired caregiver and worked for New Avenues in Euclid, Ohio. She loved caring for people and often became attached. With compassion, she did things for her clients that were not in her scope of duties. During her youth, she was a loving and caring person that spent lots of time with her younger siblings, nieces, and nephews as she sang songs, played marbles, jacks, jumped rope, and allowed them to ride on her back. She accepted Christ in her later years after being led to the Lord by one of her siblings. She was loved and will be greatly missed!

Missy is survived by her loving daughter, Latoya Davis, (whom she adopted at six months), of Cleveland, Ohio; son/nephew, Reginald Bellamy, (whom she had the privilege of caring for from birth to age four), Euclid, Ohio; grandchildren, Cordell D. J. Davis, Melissa A. McCurry, and Christian J. Davis, Cleveland, Ohio; loving sister and confidante, Gwendolyn Climpson of Mentor, Ohio and Diane Henry, Miami, Florida; brother, Roy Henry Clearwater, Florida; nephews, Charles L. Bryant (Sharon), Cocoa, Florida, Vencott “Vennie” Palmer (Jennifer), Akron, Ohio, Issac Washington, John Patterson, Leroy “Bear” Climpson,  Florida, Keith and Kenneth McGill, Valdosta, Georgia; nieces, Mildred Howard(Leon), Iris Patterson Florida, Ralphalette Climpson Atlanta, Georgia,  Britney Higgs (Elder Franklin Jr), LaShawn Burgess (Shawn “Boy Shawn”), Florida; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Missy is preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Climpson; father, Hermon Braggs; sisters, Alberta Patterson and Mattie L. Thomas; brothers, Leroy, Jr., Glenn, and Joseph Climpson; nieces, Anita Gantt, Trudy Climpson; and nephew, Roy Henry, Jr.

Acknowledgment: The family would like to thank Bella Hospice Care Staff, and Highland Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities for their excellent and outstanding care of our loved one. A special thanks to Endtime Ministry of Deliverance, Pastor Yvette Coleman, family and members for stepping in and accommodating our family and friends.

God saw you getting tired

And a cure was not to be,

So he put his arms around you and whispered

“Come to me”

With tearful eyes we watched you,

And saw you pass away;

And though we loved you dearly,

We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

With gentle hands at rest,

God selected you to prove to us,

He only takes the best.


Condolences may be shared online with the family at

Heritage Cremation Society



4 Tributes to Melissa D. Thurston

  1. Charlene Grant says:

    Gwen, Though we know, God has the wisdom, I know how you must miss Melissa. She had and has s a beautiful spirit. She is now where we all long to be some day, smiling down on us with no pain, just joy.

    I continue to pray for your strength and faith.

    Love you always

  2. Amy Lingrosso says:

    Auntie I’m gonna really miss you however whenever I look in the mirror I see you I say that because the older I get the more I look like you. Now you can go home and rest say hi to grandma and Trudy and my Daddy until we meet again Lett

  3. Cherria Maclin says:

    Mellisa was a dear soul, and will be truley missed. The angels rejoiced when Jesus himself received her. May the peace of God rest on the whole family. Much love! ????????

  4. Your daughter says:

    Melissa lived a long life she was a beautiful person inside and out and I know she is not in pain no more and she is with god. I love yu and will forever miss yu continue to watch over us…..until we meet again.

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