James D. Welch (Tex), age 78, died peacefully at his home on December 24, 2011, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 18, 1933 in Franklin, TX to the late Frank Welch and Addie Click. He moved to Jacksonville in 1954 and started his career with Ryder Truck Lines, where he retired after 37 years of service. Mr. Welch was a member of Westside Baptist Church.
James is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bonnie, his two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Dawn Welch of Green Cove Springs and Daniel and Michelle Welch of Monroeville, AL, his granddaughter Dana Welch, one sister Bernice Keir of St Cloud, FL, and one brother Darrell Welch of Tampa, FL. He is further survived by nieces and nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 28, at Russell Haven of Rest Funeral Home, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. The Reverend Ron Baker will officiate. Relatives and friends are welcome at Russell Haven of Rest Funeral home Tuesday from 5-7PM.
The family of Mr. Welch wishes to thank Bro. Ray Mayfield for all the prayers and for simply being there over the past months as well as for his continuing ministry to the family.
Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904-284-7720). www.RHRCemeteryandFuneralHome.com