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Obituaries: July 30, 2014

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Obituaries from the July 30 paper.

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Henry Calvin Welch Jr., 58, of Prairieville died in his residence surrounded on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

He was born in Lake Charles and raised in Moss Bluff. He attended Marion Elementary, Moss Bluff Elementary and Sam Houston High School, where he graduated in 1973. He was a member of the Sam Houston High Band. He was a recipient of the John Phillip Sousa award and a band scholarship to McNeese State University. He worked briefly after graduation at Boise in DeQuincy before beginning his career with Gulf States/Entergy in 1973. He worked for 38 years in various positions throughout the years in Louisiana and Texas before retiring in 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Hill Welch of Prairieville; son, Stuart Theron Welch of Lafayette; daughter, Kayla Lanelle Welch Hebert (Royce) of Prairieville; mother, Judy Ann Welch of Moss Bluff; brothers, Mark Mosher of Ragley, Ricky Mosher of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Michael DeWayne Welch of Ragley, Alan Shane Welch of Hammond and Donald “Peanut” Viator of Decatur, Ala.; sisters, Phyllis “Ce Ce” Welch Holley of Moss Point, Miss., and Donna Jean Goodeaux of Sulphur; and a grandson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry C. Welch Sr.; and one brother.

Funeral services were held in Moss Bluff Pentecostal Church on Saturday, July 26, with Rev. Tim Mahoney, Rev. John W. Harrell, Rev. Archie Holley, Rev. C. D. Thornton and Rev. Steve Gautreaux officiating. Burial followed in New Ritchie Cemetery.

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