Ralph William Welch age 83 of Warrensville died on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Ashe Memorial Hospital. Mr. Welch was born in Ashe County on July 19, 1937 to the late Howard and Ora Mae Greer Welch. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Welch Smiley. Ralph was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and farming. A self-taught carpenter, who at one time, was foreman over a crew of over 75 people. He and his wife attended Sugar Tree Baptist Church. He was a caregiver to his wife, being able to keep her at their home until five years ago. He was most proud of and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Welch is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Elsie Mae Calhoun Welch, daughter, Sandy Dollar of Warrensville, son, Danny Welch of Warrensville, and daughter Donna Roten of West Jefferson; one sister, Juanita Wilson of Millers Creek; six grandchildren, Adam Dollar, Jordain Dollar Hardin, David Roten, Amber Welch Roten, Luke Roten, Seth Welch, five great-grandchildren, Abilene Dollar, Trent Hardin, Sadie Mae Hardin, Alley Beth Dollar and Ozella Roten; and several nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Badger Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Jim Greer. Burial will follow in the Calhoun Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:00 pm prior to the service at Badger Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Calhoun Cemetery Fund.
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