Dateline: July 17, 2008
Burton Welty died Friday, July 11, 2008, at his home on
Services were held at the First
Baptist Church in Clarendon at 11 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2008, with Rev.
Eddy Helms, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Tulia, and Rev. Lance
Wood, pastor of First Baptist Church of Clarendon, officiating
Burial was in the family plot in the Shamrock Cemetery in Shamrock
at 3 pm on Monday afternoon.
Charles was born in Shamrock,
Texas, on December 13, 1930, as the first child of Troy and Frankie
Pollard Welty. His grandparents, Drury and Eula Lee Pollard, were early
day settlers in Wheeler County. In 1906 in Center Community, they
purchased farm land which is still owned by Charles and other family
Cowboy movies have always been a
passion for Charles; and as a child, a star named Buck Jones was his
favorite. He wanted to be called “Buck” so badly that he refused to
answer to any other name; therefore, his lifelong nickname “Buck” came
Buck attended school in Center
Community near the family farm northeast of Shamrock, and later he
attended the Shamrock schools. He dropped out of school at the age of 17
to make money. Buck married Jo Bearden at the First Baptist Church of
Shamrock on December 25, 1949. He attended 5 years of apprentice school in
Plumber’s Local Union #196 in Amarillo, earning his state license in
1954. He received his Master Plumber’s License in 1959. He earned his
GED as an adult in the early 90s. In 2007, he received an award for being
a member of Local 196 for 55 years. He retired from Plains Plumbing
Company in 1992 after working there for more than 20 years.
Buck and Jo lived in Amarillo for
41 years before moving to Greenbelt Lake in 1991. They enjoyed camping,
water-skiing, snow skiing, sailing, and traveling with their family.
In 1955, Buck was a charter member
of Eastridge Baptist Church and chairman of the building committee when
the first building was constructed. Buck was very active in Texas Baptist
Men’s Retired Volunteer Builders starting in 1993. He worked at many
Baptist camps across Texas helping to build worship centers, dormitories,
and other facilities. He volunteered almost two years at My Father’s
House in Lubbock building a facility for disadvantaged women and children.
In 2004, he and Jo spent a month in Gateshead, England, doing volunteer
work at Easington Baptist Church. He served as a deacon in the First
Baptist Church of Clarendon and was instrumental in remodeling the
Buck was preceded in death by both
his parents; and a brother, Michael Paul Welty, Sr.
Buck is survived by Jo, his wife
of 58 years; a son Dan Welty and wife Terri, grandson Austin,
granddaughter Melissa, all of Coppell; a daughter, Joburta Helms and
husband Eddy of Tulia, granddaughter Lindy Huddleston and husband Chris,
great-grandson Hal of Lubbock; granddaughter, Carrie Tippen and husband
Jay of Philippi, West Virginia; granddaughter, Andra Vaughn and husband
Joel of Canyon; a daughter, Melody Jones and husband Dane, grandson Evan
of Lewisville. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Billie Welty of
Amarillo; three nephews, Michael Welty, Jr. of Washburn, Jeff Welty of
Dallas, Robert Hampton of Englewood, Florida; one niece, Debra Dow of
Cheney, Washington; and one great nephew, Michael Welty, III of Lubbock.
In lieu of flowers the family
requests that memorials may be made to the Tool Fund of Texas Baptist Men
Retired Builders at 333 N. Washington St., Dallas, Texas, 75246.
Copyright © 2008, The Clarendon Enterprise. All Rights Reserved.