Cover photo for Melody Yount's Obituary
Melody Yount Profile Photo
1960 Melody 2021

Melody Yount

March 31, 1960 — November 7, 2021


Melody Ann Yount was born into this world on March 31, 1960, to Esker Earl Smith, II and Virginia Ruth Smith (nee Pettit), in San Angelo, Texas. Melody was the youngest of five children born to the couple.

Her father was a pharmacist, and her mother was a Registered Nurse. The family moved several times in her childhood, including Keller, and Bridgeport ,Texas, and then to Jasper, Arkansas, where she grew up on a beautiful farm tucked into the Ozark mountains. She decided to return to Texas after High School and put herself through college at Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude in Biology, having received only one “B” grade her entire college career. After graduation she began work in Pharmaceutical Sales for Merck. She enlisted in the United States Army and trained as a Medic at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.  During that time her father became terminally ill, and she separated from the Army to take care of him as he was dying.  After he passed away, she lived with her mother and successfully resumed her career in Pharmaceutical Sales with Rhone-Poulenc Rorer.  She then met her future husband at a social gathering after a scientific meeting at Convict Hill Restaurant in Oak Hill, Texas.  Steve Yount, a Flight Surgeon at Bergstrom AFB, proposed to her on Good Friday 1990, and they were married on October 6, 1990, at McMahon Baptist Church, Texas—despite a roaring case of Poison Oak contracted the weekend before the wedding.  They separated from the Air Force on July 4, 1991.  After an over one-month adventure traveling from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, to Jasper, Alberta and back, she set up and managed Steve’s new practice in Bastrop, Texas on which began on November 4, 1991.  After a ski accident in Durango, Colorado forced her to step away from the practice to recover, the babies started to come.  First Elizabeth, born 3/24/ 1993, and then Lillian, born 6/14/1995. The years have sped by all too quickly, and the last 20 years have been fraught with health problems for her. She has faced each of her trials and worked as hard as she could to live as full a life as possible, bravely keeping her positive attitude, while living well through the good times.  On August 4, 2021, she was diagnosed with Covid-19, and succumbed to complications of that disease on November 7, 2021.

She is survived by her loving husband, Steve of Bastrop, Texas; two loving daughters, Elizabeth and Lillian, both of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Esker Earl Smith III of Mena, Arkansas, and Randy Kilian-Smith of San Antonio, Texas; and one sister Beverly Lohman of Austin, Texas. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, and by her brother David Smith.

She lives in the arms of her Savior, and we will see her therefore again.

Family and Friends will gather for Visitation at Elgin Funeral Home, Wednesday, November 10th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  A Celebration of Melody's Life, will be conducted at Elgin Funeral Home, under the auspices of Calvary Baptist Church of Bastrop, Thursday, November 11th at 11:00 AM, with Pastor Stephen Heleman presiding.  Interment with Military Honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Bastrop.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Melody Yount, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Interment with Military Honors

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Starts at 12:30 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 34

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree