Dateline: September 22, 2005


Funeral services for C.E. Welch, age 80, of Hedley were held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, in the Calvary Baptist Church in Clarendon with Rev. Rob Seale, Pastor; Rev. Chris Downer of Slaton; and Rev. Robert Shields, family member of Mr. Welch, officiating.  Burial was held in Rowe Cemetery in Hedley under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., of Clarendon.

Mr. Welch died Monday, September 19, 2005, in Amarillo.  He was born March 28, 1925, in Wellington.  He was a Clarendon resident from 1973 until 2000 when he moved to Hedley.  He and his wife had been residents of the Hudson House in Claude since May.  He married Helen Louise Shields on December 11, 1948, in Wellington.  He was a US Army Veteran of World War II.  He retired from the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation after several years and had also been a farmer.  He served approximately 15 years as a director with Hocheim Insurance Company.  He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Clarendon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Helen of Claude; one son, Tex Welch and wife Terri of Amarillo; one brother, William W. Welch of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.

Copyright 2005, The Clarendon Enterprise. All Rights Reserved.