He was born September 20, 1942 in Monroe County, KY to the late Haskel Welch and Ina Copas Welch Riley. He was a retired supervisor for AT&T and had served in the Army National Guard Btry A 4th Bn 138th Arty. He was united in marriage on February 2, 1962 to the former Geneva Davis.
He is survived by his wife: Geneva Welch of Tompkinsville, two sisters: Sue Carter and Teresa Botts both of Tompkinsville, several nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son: Earl Dwayne Welch and two brothers: Bobby Riley and Danny Joe Riley.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, November 14 at 1:30 PM at Strode Funeral Home in Tompkinsville with burial to follow in Harlans Crossroads Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 4:00 PM on Friday and after 7:30 AM on Saturday at Strode Funeral Home in Tompkinsville.
Memorials are suggested to the Harlans Crossroads Cemetery.