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In Memory Of Our Poets

Edward. V. "Brother" Welch, Sr. (1933-2011) - Class Of 1951

Edward V. "Brother" Welch, Sr., 78, a lifelong resident of Montgomery, Alabama passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2011 after a brief illness. Visitation will be held Friday, September 23, 2011 from 5-7 p.m. at GracePointe Church in Montgomery. Funeral service will be Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 10 a.m. at GracePointe Church in Montgomery with Scotty Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jean Sylvest Welch. Ed is survived by children, Wendy Welch Plunkett (Grover), Jenny Welch Walker (Dale), and Edward V. Welch Jr. (Kathy). Grandchildren, Tyler Walker (Paula), Mary Fran Plunkett, Jacob Walker (Macy), Edward Welch III "Trace", Cameron Walker, Rebecca Plunkett, Kelsey Welch, and Laura Plunkett. Great grandchildren, Avery Jean Walker and Hartley Walker. Mr. Welch was born in Montgomery, AL on January 21, 1933 to Philip and Frances Welch. He is a 1955 graduate of the University of Alabama where he was an All SEC baseball player. Upon his graduation, he served a tour of duty in the United States Air Force. Mr. Welch had an extensive business career. He served as president of Ring Around Products until 1971, at which time the company went public and he was elected president and chief executive officer. Ring Around Products was acquired by Occidental Petroleum in 1979, and he remained as president and chief executive officer. He traveled extensively throughout the world, both individually and with Occidental Petroleum Chairman, Dr. Armand Hammer, meeting with the highest government officials in many European and Latin American countries, in Egypt and the Soviet Union, and made repeated visits to the Peoples Republic of China. Mr. Welch also served as President of Colonial BancGroup, Inc., Montgomery, Alabama. His primary responsibility with BancGroup was growth through acquisition. Mr. Welch was a Co-Founder of The Waters and the investment firm Welch Hornsby & Welch. Mr. Welch was a very active community leader serving on numerous boards across the city including the Montgomery YMCA, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Faulkner University. He served for more than 30 years as an Elder at GracePointe Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the GracePointe Church Building Fund. Leak-Memory Chapel Directing www.leak-mc.com

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02/04/13 05:11 PM #1    

Larry D. Skelton (1961)

I first met Ed in about 1970 when we were playing in a church softball league.  Over the years I came to appreciate the life of service of this good man.  Thank you Lord for his life.  May he rest in peace.

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