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Cleveland Welch

ROCK HILL -- Mr. Cleveland Welch, 71, of 231 Porter Road, passed away June 29, 2008, at Piedmont Medical Center.

Born in Chester County, S.C., on Oct. 27, 1936, to the late Hinton and Willie James Howze Welch, Mr. Welch was a shipping clerk for the National Fence Co.

A Celebration of Life funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Barber Memorial Park.

Mr. Welch is survived by his wife, Beverly Allen Welch; sons, Pete Pate of Rock Hill; Sylvester Lowery of Bennettsville; daughters, Tina, Joy and April Welch of Rock Hill and Angela Smith of Fort Mill; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Also survived by a brother, Robert Welch of Rock Hill; sisters, Willie Mae Pride of Hempstead, N.Y., Peggy Hundley of Edgemoor, Barbara Neely, Queen Freeman and Thelma Durham of Rock Hill. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Macina in 1970. E-mail condolences to

Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home and Cremation Center is serving the family.