Mr. Jay Dee Welch, 49, a resident of Junior, departed this life Friday afternoon, Oct. 18, 2013, at his job site in Randolph County. Although death was sudden and unexpected it was not accidentrelated.
Jay was born Aug. 1, 1964, in Charlotte, N.C., the son of Donald R. Welch of Stanley, N.C., and Sarah R. Elzinga of Harbor Beach, Mich.
In February of 2004, he was united in marriage to the former Leslie Marie Lambert, who survives at their home in Junior.
Also surviving are four children, Jerimiah Welch, Toni Welch Bogan, Travis Welch Bogan and Sarah Lambert; stepmother, Judy Welch of Stanley, N.C.; stepfather, Allen Elzinga of Harbor Beach, Mich.; one brother, MSgt. Donald J. Welch USAF (retired) and wife, Kandy, of Troutdale, Ore.; three stepsisters, Dawn Renee Jankowski and husband, Kevin, of Riverton, Utah, Rhomni June Williams and husband, Ricky, of Raleigh, N.C., and Ann Elzinga of Port Huron, Mich; and two stepbrothers, Dale and James Elzinga of Kalamazoo, Mich. Also surviving are his mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Sarah Lambert of Junior; two nieces, Makenna Welch and Danielle Caples; and two great-nieces, Rylee and Everette Caples, all of Bella Vista, Calif.
Jay attended various schools in and around Charlotte, N.C., and was currently employed by R&D Sawmill and Logging. Jay loved life and lived every day as if it was his last. He was extremely loving, caring and would go out of his way to help anyone in need. He was a wonderful father and husband and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was a Protestant by faith.
Friends will be received at Talbott Funeral Home from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today. At 7:30 p.m. today, there will be a time of sharing and reflecting of Jay's life conducted by Pastor Johnny Paul Williams II. At the request of the deceased, his remains will be cremated. Condolences can be made to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.com.