A lifelong resident of Ooltewah and Georgetown, he retired from Dixie Portland Flour Mill after 36 years of service.
He enjoyed the mountains, gardening, music and time with his family and friends.
He was the son of the late John and Jessie Welch. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Connie Morgan; stepdaughter, Rena Duckett and stepson, Randall Duckett; sisters: Juanita Morgan, Norma Sue Leman and Pat Welch; brothers: Ed, Charles and Steve Welch; two grandchildren, Heath Morgan and Jennifer Griffin; several stepgrandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
The service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m., in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home, 7565 E. Brainerd Road, with the Rev. Mack Arnold officiating. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood Baptist Church, 8529 Snow Hill Road, Ooltewah TN 37363.
Visit www.heritagefh.com or Heritage Facebook Page to share words of comfort.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.