Jerry Wayne Welch, age 79, of Winchell, passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 18, 2010, at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

    Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Cedar Point Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early.

    He was born May 14, 1931, in Brownwood, the son of the late Earvin and Alice Hughes Welch. He was married to Gayle Nelson in Brownwood on April 4, 1951. He was a heavy equipment operator retiring from Vulcan/White’s Mines after 35 years of employment. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and had been a lifetime resident of Brown County. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

    He is survived by his wife, Gayle Welch of Winchell; four children, Carla Ralston of Brownwood, Darlene Stewart and husband Jerry of Lake Brownwood, Danny Welch and wife Kathy of Winchell and Roger Welch of Brownwood; two sisters, Clarice Davis of Granbury and Margaret Seward and husband Denny Gordon of Brownwood; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren also survive.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Kemp Davis.

    Friends are invited to sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.