William Langford Welch of Franklin, a veteran of World War II and a former mill worker in Grant County, died Wed., July 13, 2005, Macon County, N.C. He was 88.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Burningtown Baptist Church. He was buried in the church cemetery with military honors.

A native of Macon County, Mr. Welch was the son of the late Wilburn E. and Alice Kimsey Welch.

He was one of the first people from Macon County to join the Army during WWII, and later he worked as sheepherder in Utah.

He is survived by siblings Maude Baldwin, Muriel Welch, and Thomas Welch, all of Franklin, N.C.; Fred Welch of Sylva, N.C.; Joanna Hendrick of Charlotte, N.C.; Louis Welch of Jefferson City, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers and sisters.

Online condolences available at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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