He was born May 21, 1953 in Polk County, the son of the late James and Clara Lee Welchel.
In addition to his parents Mr. Welchel was preceded in death by brother, James Ray Welchel Sr.
He is survived by wife, Clarice McGatha Welchel; son and daughter-in-law, Billy Welchel Jr. and Stephanie Welchel; daughter and son-in-law, Donna Pyles and Jesse Pyles; daughter, Charlotte Welchel; seven grandchildren, one great-Ggrandchild and his brother, Lewis Welchel.
Funeral service were conducted on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at Valley View Church with Rev. Joey Martin and Billy Welchel Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Sanders Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jesse Pyles, James Pyles, Wayne Brown, Randal Shumake, Dalton Welchel, Glen Farrister and Mike Gable.
Honorary pallbearers were Jackie Ledford, Chad Shumake, Gage Armstrong and Cooper Armstrong.
The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.