Jerry Leon Welch, 68, of Dalton, Ga., died Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Hamilton Medical Center.
Jerry was born January 10, 1944, in Rome, Ga., a son of the late Luther Willard and Frances Rogers Welch; and was also preceded in death by his son, Chris Welch.
He loved drag racing, NASCAR and loved his family and friends.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rebecca King Welch of the residence; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary Leon and Tonya Welch of Dalton, Johnny Lamar and Carlene Shane Welch of Tunnel Hill, Tony Eugene Welch, Brian Lee and Amanda Welch; brother and sister-in-law, Carl Clinton and Jeanette Welch all of Dalton; grandchildren, Christopher Lamar Welch, Timothy Wayne Welch, Jordan Lashay Welch, Bryson Welch, Bentley Welch, Madison Welch and Mickey Phillips.
Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Jerry Leon Welch will be held Tuesday, May 22, at 11 a.m. from the Melrose Chapel of Ponders Funeral Home with Reverend Garry McPherson officiating. Interment will follow in the Whitfield Memorial Gardens with Gary Welch, Brian Welch, Carl Dean Welch, Timothy Welch, T.J. Hooker and Chris Welch serving as pallbearers.
Arrangements are by locally owned and operated Ponders Funeral Home Melrose Chapel.