Cleveland “Di Di”” Melvin, Jr. died peacefully in Baltimore on September 15, 2020 in Baltimore, MD at the age of 51.
Cleveland is survived by his mother, Rosemary Hilton-Kelly; children, Cleveland H. Melvin III, Cleveland H .Melvin IIII, Deshawn Mona’e Melvin, and Treasure Jackson; brothers, Cornell Ward, Michael, and Kenneth Melvin; sisters, Laprea Kelly and Doray Melvin; aunts, Josephine Featherstone, Sandra Lee Melvin, Denise Mackey, Paulette Brawning, Janice Melvin, Sharon Melvin, Joyce Melvin, Cheryl Webster, and Corrine Powers;
grandson, Caiden Gorden; uncles, Bernard Hilton and Arthur Hilton.
Cleveland was preceded in death by his father, Cleveland Melvin Sr; brother, Timothy Melvin; grandparents, Bernard and Josephine Hilton and Cleveland and Doralee Melvin; uncles, Charles Vines, William Barnette, James Melvin, Emerson Melvin, Willie Kennedy, Paul Kennedy, Marvin Kennedy, and Leroy Hilton; and aunts, Pearl Brown and Karen Kennedy.
Cleveland was born on December 30, 1968 in Baltimore, Md to Cleveland Melvin and Rosemary Hilton. Cleveland graduated from Lake Clifton High School. Cleveland also attended college in Oklahoma and Kansas City.
(Cleveland) lovingly known as “Di Di” and ”The Big Fella,” was an accomplished Basketball Player. His love for Basketball began at the Cecil Kirk Recreation Center. Cleveland was a force to be reckoned with on the
court and off the court. Playing in local leagues like The Dome, Cecil Kirk, Bocek and Chick Webb. Cleveland made a name for himself on the court and was well known in the community. The love he had for basketball also
gave him the opportunity to attend college in Oklahoma and Kansas City. Cleveland was also an avid gamer, sipping on his St. Ides and playing his PlayStation was his second favorite pastime. Cleveland “DI Di” had a deep
love for family and was a loyal son, brother and father. Cleveland “Di Di” also had a special place in his heart for his “Aunt Jo”, who was a second mother to him, and Spencer Kelly who was a second father and big
influence in Cleveland’s life. Those who knew Cleveland “Di Di” knew his genuine heart and giving nature. With phrases like “Blow it!’, (if you knew him well you know the rest), his larger than life personality and sense of
humor is something we will always remember. We cherish the time we had with him and we will forever hold him in our hearts.
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