Melba Clack Wages, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Sunday January 6, 2019. Melba was born in Buford, GA to the late Roe and Annie Clack. She traveled the world with her late husband Billy K Wages, Sr. and continued her passion for traveling after his death in 2004. Melba loved reading, solving puzzles, spending time with her family and especially “Penny Slots.” In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Sabra Ann Brownlee and Doris Edwards; brother, Glendon Clack. Melba is survived by her daughter, Sheila Wages Millsaps and her husband Rex, of Lawrenceville; son Bill Wages Jr. and his wife Nan, of Snellville; daughter, Belinda Wages Moon and her husband Shane, of Lawrenceville; son Jeffrey S. Wages and his wife Susan of Suwanee; grandchildren, Andy Millsaps, Chad Wages Millsaps and his wife Kristina, Melissa Millsaps Reeder and her husband Tieg, Karla Millsaps Zorn and her husband John; Joshua Dillon Wages and his wife Kristan, Rebecca Wages Stafford and her husband Darrick, Jeremy Wayne Edwards and his wife Ashley, Mitchell Blake Edwards and his wife Suzanne, Lauren Ashley Wages & Kirsten Brooke Wages; 29 great grandchildren; brother in law, Donald Brownlee and his wife Martha, Lawrenceville and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held January 9, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Dr. Lamar Holley and Dr. David Poe will officiate. Interment to follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Melba’s memory to Sunrise Baptist Church 3000 Sugarloaf Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30045 or Yaarab Shrine Hospital Fund 400 Ponce de Leon Ave. Atlanta, GA 30308. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 12:00 until 3:00 and from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Wages & Sons Funeral Home 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-277-4550.

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  1. Dear Wages family,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you. Our long friendship with Melba holds wonderful warm memories of a beautiful and loving lady. May she rest In peace and may God sustain you during your farewell of her life here on earth.

  2. The Hightower’s Memorial Chapel staff and I extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to Bill, Belinda, Jeff, and the entire Wages family and staff. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Seeing Mrs, Wages was always a highlight when I visited my Mom at Cornerstone. She was always so friendly with a beautiful smile on her face. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family.

  4. Melba always had a twinkle in her eye, a smile ready to go and a caring heart on display.
    She warmly greeted everyone at the recent holiday program and we all enjoyed talking with her that night.
    We are so very sorry for your loss and will keep you in our prayers.
    Sean and Michele Fagan

  5. Dear Jeffrey, Susan, & Family
    Accept our sincere sympathy. Prayers, love, & hugs to all. Always enjoyed visiting with Melba. She was a dear sweet lady.
    Bud & Barb Wieting

  6. Mandee and I were saddened to learn of the death of Melba. We have so many fond memories of this Southern lady and traveling with her on OGR trips. I know she and Billy are dancing on the streets of gold. Regret that I will be at our legislative organizational meeting in Montgomery on the day of her service. We loved you Melba and you brightened our lives…..

  7. I was blessed to have met and been able to chat with Melba in December. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of Jenni, Emilie and I visiting with her for quite a while in the lobby of a hotel for an OGR meeting. I can’t recall where, but I distinctly remember her kindness and our visit. Our sincere condolences.

  9. I met Melba through her daughter Sheila . I was blessed to attend a bible study with the two of them one Saturday. May God give you all peace

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Wages and staff. Please accept our condolences. Melba was a unique and strong woman and we loved to see her at conventions.

  11. My Dear Melba My first Friend in OGR that took me under your wing . Your laugh, your smile and that impish grin you will be missed by many. RIP my Beautiful Friend.
    Prayers to the Family

  12. I was very sorry to hear about the death of Melba she was such a fine lady. God bless your family and I am praying for God to give you peace.

  13. Jeff, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Please except my deepest condolences for you and your family. May God’s peace provide comfort to all.

  14. Billy and family, so sorry for the loss of your dear mother Melba. She was such a sweet and lively lady. Brent and I are keeping you all in our prayers.

  15. My deepest condolences for your loss. Ms. Melba was a bright light in any room she entered. Though I knew her briefly, her presence will be missed.

  16. I am so sorry to hear of the death of your sweet mother. I’ve known Melba all my life. I remember the sweet times at
    Lawrenceville Church of God singing in the choir together. She will be missed. Heaven has gained another Angel. You
    are in my thoughts and prayers. Belinda, Shelia; if you need anything don’t hesitate to ask. Love you,
    Connie.

  17. Bill and I feel blessed to have known Melba through OGR. We have fond memories of trips with both Billy and Melba. She was a true Southern Belle with a smile that lit up the room and made us each feel special. Her shopping skills amazed me! Loved her spirit. Now she is walking face to face with Jesus. We extend our sincere sympathy to the entire Wages family. Peace of Christ be with you on this journey celebrating her life.

  18. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Melba. When I first joined OGR, Billy and Melba were so kind and gracious. They welcomed me into the OGR family and made me feel that I belonged. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Jeff, Bill, other family members and staff, you are all in my thoughts and prayers these days. I am so sorry to learn of Melba’s death! She was such a wonderful and special lady to be with. I always enjoyed the times with her and the entire family!

    Daniel E. Buchanan

  20. I am so sorry to hear about Melba. She was such a sweet & classy lady. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  21. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Trust in the promise of the resurrection and know that this is not and end, but an amazing beginning for your sweet mama. Thanks be to God!

  22. So sorry to hear about your Mom. Judee and I know what it’s like, having both lost our parents. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

  23. So sad to hear your Mom passed away. May your good memories be many. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of the family members.

  24. I would like to offer you and your family my deepest and most sincere condolences and may the soul of your mom rest in peace. ~Love Mindy

  25. My heart and prayers, go out to all of you and may God give you the strength when it comes to say good-bye. She lived a wonderful life with all the love the family, friends gave her. Left so many memories, to talk about and one thing for sure she in peace now with the others. May God Bless You All.

  26. My condolences to the Wages Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish I could have spent more time with Melba. I know our Mother thought very highly of her.

  27. So sorry to hear of Melba’s passing. Bob and I have many fun memories of times spent with Melba on OGR trips. She was a fun sweet spirit, and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers & love are with the entire Wages family.
    Bob and Dawn Childress

  28. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom..
    She Is Gone
    You can shed a tear that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back, or you can open your eyes and see that she has left.
    Your heart can be empty because you see her, or you can be full of the love you shared.
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    You can remember her and only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
    You can cry, close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what she would want…
    Smile, open your eyes, love and go on…

  29. Jeffrey, Susan and Wages Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. She lived a very full life and left a tremendous legacy to the world through her children and grandchildren. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  30. Such a sweet lady! Melba always brought light into any room she entered. Ann and I were blessed to have known her and we will always have great memories of visiting with her. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this time.

  31. So sorry to hear about Melba. She holds a special place in our hearts. We were so fortunate to become friends with her and Billy through OGR. Melba was always such a gracious lady, loved her smile. She was a great shopper and I remember one time she gave me a beautiful golf pin because she new that I golfed. She was so welcoming and hospitable to Mike and me when we came down for their 50th wedding anniversary. Sweet and caring, two other words that describe Melba. Our greatest condolences to all of Melba’s family. We will all miss her.

  32. Dear Jeff & family,

    Sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family–praying God will comfort you all during this time and the days ahead.

    Love, The Walter Sheppard Family

  33. May she Rest In Peace! A lovely lady and unforgettable travel friend. I have many wonderful memories of our times together over the years.
    Family ❤️
    Lots of love and support to the years on OGR trips.

  34. Our family is remembering a sweet lady, Melba. We are sending our love and praying for strength and comfort during this sadness.

  35. Jeff, Susan, and the entire Wages family,

    I am so sorry about your loss. Praying for God to give you strength during this difficult time. Thinking of you!

  36. Dear Wages Family, Melba with always live in your hearts. The dark days turn into sunshine. As all the memories and live sustain you. Being a distance cousin through the Wages-Pattillo connection. I loved her beautiful smile when I’d see her about town. Remember her tooling around in her white Mercedes convertible. My and my family heart goes out to each of you all. Her body is new and dancing with Billy and the angles.

  37. Jeff, Ed and I are saddened by the loss of your Mother. She was such fun. We pray that you and your sweet family keep all the good memories in your heart until you meet her again. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ.

  38. Jeffrey and Susan,
    Oh No! We loved your mother. She was so fun to be with in OGR. We loved her laugh and sweet smile. She was a shopper extraordinaire! She was very patient with new members and always made us feel welcomed. Truly a first class lady who will be missed. She left a wonderful legacy for her children. Please know that we are sending special prayers your way.
    Love and miss you!

  39. My condolences to the Wages family. What a sweet lady. The staff from Singleton Funeral and Cremation Services, PA Glen Burnie, MD OGR member.

  40. Our condolences to the all the family of Ms .Melba. She was a wonderful person, who could make anyone feel comfortable in any situation. Prayers for the family. Bobby, Gloria & Scott Webb.

  41. Sincere condolences to Jeff, Susan and the entire Wages family. I’m saddened to hear of Melba’s passing. She was a lovely lady, always so positive, feisty and fun loving. One of the Best. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. May God comfort your family.

  42. To Bill Jr., Nan, Jeff and Susan:
    I was sadden to hear of Melba’s passing. I will never forget our trip to China and many OGR conventions. Billy and Melba were the first to welcome me as a new vendor to OGR in 1999. They were and still are my dear friends. May God be with all of you at this time.

  43. Sorry that Our friend Malba had to go so some she was a wonderful person. She love life and we all loved her. I know God has greater plans for her love you all and my God bless you all

  44. Dear Jeff, Susan and Family……I am so sorry to hear of Melba’s passing. I have many fond memories of the fun we had during our baseball events! She was a wonderful lady! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

  45. We never had the pleasure to meet her but have heard so many wonderful things. Our thoughts are with her daughter Shelia and all her extended family.

    Tom and Elaine Blanton

  46. Jeff, Susan and the rest of the Wages family, so sorry to hear of Melba’s death. She was a special, sweet lady who we enjoyed being with at OGR Meetings. We greatly enjoyed our time with her and Billie. She and Helen always enjoyed shopping at OGR meetings. We will miss her. I imagine Melba, Billie and Helen are having a big reunion in heaven.

  47. So sorry for the loss of your Mother. Mrs Wages was a very nice lady. I am glad we got to meet her when we was in Stone Mountain for 14 years.I know she will be missed.Your family has our deepest sympathy. May she Rest In Peace.

  48. Our deepest condolences extending to the entire Wages family. Longtime friends. Our Prayers are with you. If we can help in any way during this time, please do not hesitate to call on us.
    Chuck Johnson
    Collins and Marietta Funeral Homes

  49. Billy Dorothy and I were sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing,.pray that you remember the good times.
    May the Peace of the Lord surround you and those you love especially during this time.

  50. Heartfelt condolences to Jeffrey, Susan, Lauren, Kirsten and the entire Wages family for your loss. We share in your grief during this difficult time.

  51. Chad, I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother’s passing. She sounds like she had a love for adventure and appreciated the small things in life – often the most important. I hope that comfort and love embrace you and your precious family.

  52. Dear Billy and Sheila, and all of Melba’s family, I am very saddened to hear about Melba’s passing via my daughter. Looking at the video keepsake was emotional; happiness and sadness. Happiness was viewing a life well-lived from her earliest days and beyond, especially the pictures of her travels, which she talked about. I enjoyed the couple of years that Melba was my neighbor and meeting you two. I have a couple of items from her travels and always think about her when I see them. I pray for peace, comfort and love and for all of the family and that God will continue to bless you.

  53. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Wages family during this time. Melba was such a sweet lady.

    Ben Mason and staff of Little & Davenport Funeral Home

  54. We are so sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of past meetings but especially the zip lining in Barbados. Our deepest condolences.
    Marty and Mary Jones

  55. Wages family, we’re very sorry to hear about your Mother’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  56. So sorry to learn of your Mothers passing, watched the video , What a fun loving spirit
    Please know you and your Family are in our Prayers.

  57. I am sorry to hear of the passing of Melba; she was a lovely lady. Please accept my sincere sympathies and know that I am thinking of you.

  58. Melba,
    Such a fun loving, sweet person. The pictures are wonderful. She was blessed to have you and your sweet family and I know you have been blessed to call her Mother. It was my pleasure to spend time with her at every opportunity. She is celebrating now with her Savior. God bless you all with comfort and peace.
    Love, Betsy Bragg

  59. To all of the Wages family. I was saddened to hear about Melba’s passing as she was such a great lady. I have so many fond memories of Melba and Billy during our time with OGR. So many great times with an abundance of laughter. You have been so blessed to have had her in your lives and so have all of us who have know her as well. We will all miss her but also look forward to seeing her again!
    Blessings & Peace to all…….
    David Fry

  60. Melba’s family:
    Sorry that we were unable to attend her services, as we are in Az. and not good connections. Always remember Melba and Billy for making Karen and I welcome at our first OGR meeting. They personified OGR and were great friends in our many meetings and travel. She will be truly missed.

  61. Sheila, So sorry about your mom. I know she was your constant companion just as mine was with me. My prayers are with you. May God, who loves us, ease your suffering in this time. Love, Claudia Jordan

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