J.C. Welch, Jr., 82, of Abilene, passed away at his home on Monday, November 7, 2022.
Visiting hours will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 9 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Rd. Funeral services will be 10:00 am on Thursday, November 10, at Broadview Baptist Church, 2500 S. 27th.
J.C. was born on June 15, 1940, in Abilene to J.C. Welch, Sr. and Katie (Goodrich) Welch. He served four years in the United States Navy , from 1958 to 1962. In 1961, he married Kay McFadin in Downey, CA. He worked as a law enforcement officer for the Department of Public Safety, TABC, and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. When he wasn’t working, J.C. enjoyed travelling, hunting, fishing, and golfing.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Hobah #1394, as a 32nd degree Mason. He also served as a junior deacon, junior warden, and past worshipful master of the lodge, and was in the Provost guard shooting club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Larry Joe Welch, and sister Judy Tate.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kay Welch; daughter, Sandi Kay Welch (Melanie); daughter, Vicki Stanford (Harvey); daughter, Mardi Hargis (Steven); brother-in-law, Ron McFadin; sister-in-law, Carol Jaggars (Dale); sister-in-law, Sandra Miranda (Angelo); grandchildren, Jake Dutton (Adrienne), and Brady Hargis (Abby), Tori Snapp (Wade), and April Rickman (Robert); six great-grandchildren, KK LaPorta, Symphoni Dutton and Lyric Dutton, Autumn Rickman, Cade Whitener, and Cody Whitener; cousin, Casey Welch, nephew, Bryan Tolliver, nephew, Brian Jaggars, and niece, Leigh Ann Pierce (Brian).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Abilene Meals on Wheels, Shriners Children’s Hospital, or a charity of the donor’s choice.