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Joseph D. Welch

April 12, 1942 ~ August 20, 2018 (age 76)

Joseph D. Welch


Sylacauga, AL - Joseph D. Welch, age 76, made his final long haul to his heavenly home, August 20, 2018. 

He is survived by his wife Ruby P. Welch; Daughter Bobbi Welch Houston; Son Tony (Wife Amanda) Benefield; Grandchildren Mason Houston, Michelle Reynolds, Kaylynn Benefield, and Lesli Plagany (Husband Victor); Great Grandchildren Baylee Benefield, Brentley Reynolds and Liam Reynolds; Brothers Wayne Welch and Jolson Welch: Sisters Gwendolyn “Tootie” Coker and Anne Welch and a host of nieces and nephews.
Joe is preceded in death by his Parents J.M. “Buster” Welch and Florence Welch:  Daughter LaWanna Benefield; Sisters Patricia Henderson and Wanda Climaco.

Joe served his country in the U.S. Army during the Cuban Crisis.  He was a truck driver for over 50 years, 30 of those years as a heavy equipment hauler.  He was known by his co-workers as “The Crane Man.”  Even when he wasn’t on the road for work, he loved being on the road with his family.  Anyone could get directions to anywhere from him at any time. He was a member of the Childersburg Church of God for 40 years.  Joe was the best example of what a Daddy should be.  His children were not by blood but by choice and he loved them unconditionally. 

We will celebrate Joe dropping his last heavy load and speeding thru the pearly gates of home on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Childersburg Church of God with Rev. David Bearden and Dan East officiating.  Burial will be in Childersburg City Cemetery. 

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Mason Houston, Ryan Stirckland, Victor Plagany, David Welch, Chris Welch, and Charlie Smith. 

Special thanks to Hematology & Oncology Associates and Coosa Valley Medical Center for all the love and care that you have shown our family.

Roll On PePaw!  Roll On!

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Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga, AL will direct the services.

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