Services for  Mr. McKinley Welch, 72, were held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Roscoe Tucker officiating. Burial followed in the Baptist Springs Cemetery in DeKalb, MS with New Haven Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

McKinley Welch was born Thursday, March 8, 1945 to Sid Welch and Reather Houston Welch in DeKalb, Kemper County, MS. During his youth, he joined Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Preston, MS. He enjoyed church services and loved going to church. He attended Whisenton High School in DeKalb, MS.

He was once gainfully employed with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians at the Silver Star Casino in Choctaw, MS, and with Pharma Pac in DeKalb, MS. After retiring, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, and conversation with people. He was a people’s person. He was the father of two children, both sons.

McKinley’s life touched many, and those who were touched by his life understand that quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His gentle smile and laughter brought great joy to his family and friends. Although in his last days he was quite ill, but he gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. He enjoyed being with his family, having fun with friends, and living his life to the fullest.

He departed this life on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in DeKalb, MS. His father, Sid Welch; mother Reather Houston; four sibling-three brothers, David Renzo Welch, Cambris Welch, and Marshall Dale Welch; one sister, Sulla Welch; paternal grandparents, John Henry and Louvenia Welch; and maternal grandparents, Frank Houston and Lacy Ann Houston, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: two sons, Charles McDade of Columbus, OH, and Jason(Peggy Grady) Jones of DeKalb, MS; three sibling- all sisters, Mary Welch of Ankeny, IA; Barbara Welch Dale of Des Moines, IA; and Lacy Lou Welch of DeKalb, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.