Melanie Lee Chapman Hess, 74, of Verner, WV went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at her home. She was born on April 29, 1948 in Matewan, WV, a daughter of the late Racy and Marie Livingood Chapman. Melanie was a member of the Horsepen Southern Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Ronald Wilson Hess, a son Michael Donovan May, a sister Racina Rae Chapman and a brother Nicky Ray Chapman. Survivors include her children John (Connie) May and Angela (Steven) Pope, six grandchildren Kayla May, Robert (Andrea) May, Nicholas May, Kyle (Tori) Perry, Zack May and Josie (Robert) New, eight great grandchildren Cameron Gerace, Logan May, Blake May, Beckett May, Brayden Perry, Karson Perry, Easton Perry and Mason May, her best friends Kathy Mounts, Linda Hall and Carrin Lester, and a host of other loving family, friends and her beloved animals. Funeral service will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 3rd at the Horsepen Southern Baptist Church, Horsepen, WV with Pastor Brian Warden officiating. She will be laid to rest in Justice Memorial Garden, Justice, WV. Friends may gather the family from 6-9 pm on Tuesday, August 2nd at the church. Pallbearers will be Aaron Glandon, Kevin Allen, Richard Workman, Frank Lester, Robert May, and Steven Pope. Honorary pallbearers will be Kyle Perry, Alonzo Mosely, Rocky Lusk and Eddie Chapman. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.