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 Luther Everett Welch

Luther Everett Welch

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Death 22 Nov 2012 (aged 80)
Burial Kilmarnock, Lancaster County, Virginia, USA
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WELCH, Luther Everette, prominent Northumberland County farmer, historian and philanthropist, died Thanksgiving Day from injuries received in a fall at home. He was nearly 81. He often said that the land and everything on it "belongs to the Man Upstairs." Now he's with him. The son of Ray and Marie Welch of Edwardsville, Luther was born in the depths of the Great Depression. He liked to relate that the doctor who delivered him was paid "two gallons of milk and a roasting hen" for his services and was glad to have that. Tending livestock, plowing behind a mule and shocking wheat by hand from a very early age, he developed an intense love of the land and an immense capacity for hard work. He thought there was no higher calling than to till the soil and grow food for a hungry world. He never saw a prettier sight than a well-tended farm or a healthy crop. His favorite thing was "rain when you need it." This summer he raised vegetables for the people of Tangier Island. He loved watermelons, chocolate ice cream and banjos. He was a devoted and loving, if sometimes challenging, husband to his wife of 60 years, Margaret Pitman Welch, who survives him. Also left to mourn are his daughters, Marie Goode (Ned) and Sylvia Saunders (Tom); and his son, Alan Welch (Dana); grandchildren, Heather Goode Gagnon (Chris), Michelle Goode Gordon (Adam), Holly Saunders, Lincoln Saunders (Ashley), Ashly Welch and Justin Welch; great-granddaughters, Addison Gordon and Gracie Gagnon; and a sister, Gwendolyn Diehl of Arkansas. Luther was a member of Morrattico Baptist Church where he was a deacon for nearly 50 years. He was a former member of the Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District and a member of the Rehoboth Church Ruritan Club and the Northumberland County Young Farmers. With his wife, he donated the land and core collection for the Northern Neck Farm Museum near Burgess. Its Luther Welch Agricultural Center was named in his honor. Proceeds from the sale of his memoir, The Boy and the Mule, are used to support the museum.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 25 at Morrattico Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church. Pallbearers will be Mitchell Jett Jr., Josh Hudson, Dick Ogg, Adam Gordon, Ned Goode, Tom Saunders and "adopted son," Linwood Gresham. Luther's grandchildren will act as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to the Northern Neck Farm Museum, PO Box 365, Heathsville, Va. 22473.


Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on November 24, 2012


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  • Created by: MGBVA
  • Added: 27 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101368111
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Luther Everett Welch (7 Jan 1932–22 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101368111, citing Morattico Baptist Church Cemetery, Kilmarnock, Lancaster County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by MGBVA (contributor 47236429) .