John Welch Smith of Warren, Michigan passed away on May 3, 2001 at his home after a long bout with
cancer. He was born on April 17, 1929
John Welch was the son of the late Dee and Ethel Smith. He is survived by his wife, Rose and three
daughters, Karen, Carol and Cathy, all of Michigan. Also surviving are three brothers; Ron Kenon Smith of
Wheelersburg, Ohio, Tommy Harris Smith and William Douglas Smith, both of Jeremiah, three sisters; Lillie Moss
Hale and Mary Jo Blair, both of Jeremiah, and Anna Lou Blair of Lexington, Ky. He is also survived by six
grandchildren. After John Welch died on May 3, his brother, William Douglas died on June 8, 2001. He was
preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James Richmond Smith.
John Welch was a member of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church for many years. During his yearly visits to
Florida, John was faithful to attend the Star of Bethlehem Church, where his aunt, Dixie Smith, and his late uncle,
Dock Smith, belonged.
He is sadly missed by his family.
Written by his sister, May Jo Blair.