Mell Anthoney Silva, 64, of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 7:23 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on March 24, 1952, in Hilo, Hawaii, the Son of Bernard and Elizabeth (Carvalho) Silva. He married Debbie Jean Durbin on November 16, 1974, in Taylorville, Ill., and she preceded him in death on August 31, 2016. Mell worked as an electrician at Meadow Manor skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and he later was a machine operator at GSI.
Surviving are his sons: Anthoney Thomas (Kelly) Silva of Lafayette, La., and Christopher (Jaime) Silva of Kincaid, Ill.; daughters: Noelani Mae (Ronald) Sheffield of Taylorville, Ill.; grandchildren: Larissa “Lacey”, Sierra and Zaksimus Silva; Anthoney (Kelly), Hailey, Hope and Chloe (Chris), Danielle, Feylin, Isaac, Dante, Isis, Tegan, Jack, Yazlynn, Dominick (Noelani); parents: Bernard and Elizabeth (Cavalleo) Silva; brothers: Robert Pihi, Phillip and James Silva all of Hawaii and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, mother Dolores Pihi, grandson Dominick Sheffield and brother Gary Silva.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.