He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family after a long illness.
He was born July 18, 1935 the son of the late Karas Ross Welch and Margaret Lee Cantwell Welch.
He attended Cawood United Methodist Church. Mr. Welch was a US Army Veteran and a 50 plus year mason of the Powell Valley Lodge #488 where he was a past master during the construction and possession of the current lodge. He worked as a rail road conductor, a building crew foreman and a driver for S.A. Mars. He also was owner operator of Tiger Mart and Welch Trucking. Not only was he a successful businessman but he was also an avid outdoorsman and farmer.
He was preceded in death by his father Karas Ross Welch and mother Margaret Lee Cantwell Welch.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Mary Ida Welch, his daughter Elizabeth Welch Edwards (Scott) of Lafollette, TN, Sister Josephine (James) Dyke of Morristown, TN, Sister-in-law Luster (Willie) Shipley of Speedwell, TN, Granddaughter Hope Edwards of Temple, GA. Several nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends too numerous to count. Special thanks to Janice Kilgore, Kathy Welch and Donna Moyers.
The family will receive friends Sunday, September 3, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Green Hills Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM in the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Masonic Services to follow. Music will be provided by David Evans. Graveside services will be held Monday, September 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Welch Family Cemetery in Speedwell, Tennessee .
Pallbearers will be Scott Edwards, Andy Welch, Grant Shipley, Thomas Shipley, Gary White and Mark Ewing.
Honorary pallbearers are Sam Mars, Steve Mars, Jimmy Welch, Mike Welch, Mont Welch, James Dyke, Willie Shipley, Ronnie Dyke, Kenneth Dyke, Shelby Treece, Harold Cantwell and Cecil Cantwell.
Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is entrusted with all arrangements. www.greenhillsfuneralhome.com