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Gene W. Welch, 75

GALAX, July 7 – Gene Walker Welch, 75, of Galax, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2009 at his home in Carroll County. He was born Saturday, September 23, 1933 to the late Robert and Florence Edna Welch. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Paschal Ewart Welch and Clarence J. Welch.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley W. Welch of the home; three sons, Gene Walker Welch Jr. and wife, Elizabeth of Lyman, SC, Robert Alexander Welch and wife, Ellen of Mt. Airy, NC, and Phillip Wayne Welch of Haw River, NC; a daughter, Alice Suzanne Jones and husband, Nathan of White Fish Bay, WI.; brother, Rev. Carroll B. Welch of Madison Heights; sister, Nancy Carwile of Pamplin; sister-in-law, Virginia Baker Welch of Pamplin; nine grandchildren, Phillip Taylor Welch, Thomas Walker Welch, Samuel Clarence Welch, Austin Wayne Welch, Grace Elizabeth Welch, Jack Alexander Welch, Trenton Welch Jones, Hunter Welch Jones, and Grayson Welch Jones; several nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

A memorial service will be held at Spring Creek Baptist Church on Saturday, July 11, at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the family cemetery.

The family asks that donations be made to Twin County Hospice, P.O. Box 106, Galax, VA 24333 or to the American Cancer Society, 1079C Spruce St., Martinsville, VA 24112.

Twin County Funerals is serving the Welch family. Online condolences can be made at www.twincountyfunerals.com.