James Robert Welch, age 71, of Sanford, NC, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at UNC Hospital.
He was born in Logan, West Virginia on September 16, 1948 to the late John Henry Welch and Pearl Hurley Welch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ray Welch, Riley Welch, Ralph Welch and Russell Welch and sister, Ruth Maynard. James was a 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force. After his retirement from the Air Force, he worked as a truck driver.
James is survived by his wife, Sarah Bailey Welch; daughters, Hannah Barry of Sanford, Sarah Welch of Sanford, Emma Welch of South Carolina; son, Patrick Welch of South Carolina; step-sons, Mark Spradlin of Sanford and James Spradlin of Sanford; brother, Johnny Welch of West Virginia; sister, Rita Hill of West Virginia; two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Onika Barry.
A memorial service will be held in West Virginia.
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