James L. “Jimmy” Welch, 66, of Big Spring died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock from injuries sustained in a fall at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at the funeral home.
He was born Aug. 23, 1945, in Temple, Texas, to Edwina (Baggett) and Thomas Welch Sr. He married Susie Horbath on Dec. 8, 1972, in Big Spring.
Jimmy moved with his family to Big Spring in 1946 and lived here since. He began school at Airport Elementary in a barracks moved from the old air base by his father, graduated from Big Spring High School in 1963 and Howard County Junior College in 1965. As a teenager he worked for T.A. Welch Housemoving and Trucking before going to work for the American PetroFina Refinery. Jimmy retired in 1999 after 37 years of service.
During the Vietnam era, Jimmy proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a lifetime member of Airport Baptist Church and a member of the Big Spring Country Club.
He and Susie loved golfing and he won the City Championship Golf Tournament in 1979. During a City Championship Golf Tournament held in Big Spring in 1983, he landed a hole-in-one on the 13th hole for which he won a Ford Bronco that he drove for several years, proudly displaying the license plate, “Ace 13.” He was a talented carpenter and all around handyman, constantly working on one project or another. Jimmy loved his dogs and fed countless adopted cats over the years.
Survivors include his wife and best friend, Susie Welch of Big Spring; children, Laurie Nuta and husband Jonathan of Davie, Fla., Michael Magee and wife Christina of Lynnwood, Wash., Scott Welch and wife Lisa of Slaton, Susan Lazor of Fort Morgan, Colo., and James Welch II and wife Stacey of Midland; his mother, Edwina Welch-Reagan of Big Spring; a brother, Thomas Welch Jr. of Big Spring; two sisters, Sharon Ann Fisher of Palestine and Debra Riddle and husband Phillip Riddle of San Antonio; a sister-in-law, Gwyn Horbath of Tulsa, Okla.; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved poodles, C.J. and Daisey.
He was preceded in death by his father, T.A. Welch Sr.; his grandparents, R.A. and Bessie Welch of Temple, Frank Baggett of Big Spring and Jewell Baggett of Belton and two brothers-in-law, Tony Fisher and Mike Horbath.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to The American Heart Association or charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com