Just saw this post today. I actually visited with Mel in Parker Oaks last week! I saw his name on the rolls there and had to look him up. We had a little chat.
My mother, Caretha Hagger, is there. I think they are 3rd cousins. My mother had never met Mel, but Mel and her brother, Donelly Hagger were good friends way back when.
Our family is descended from August William Willmert.
I've been working on the Willmert genealogy for a while, but am sadly lacking in more recent generations....