In memory of
James Lightner Welch
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In memory of
James Lightner Welch
WELCH, James Lightner Jim was the second son born to Odie B. and Rosa Lee Lightner Welch in Abilene, Texas. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1953. After high school, he attended Hardin-Simmons College working on a Liberal Arts degree. He joined the Navy on February 4, 1954, and was honorably discharged on January 30, 1961. Jim had many careers during his life. Early on he raced horses and traveled to many tracks making many friends. He was also a print pressman working for several newspapers. While in the newspaper business, he was vice president of the pressman union in Dallas. In 1970, he got his certification for a beautician and began doing hair. Next, he opened a typewriter and office machine business called T and R Office Machine Center in Mesquite. After that he got his locksmith license and opened Jim's Lock and Key. His last employment was working for the Dallas North Tollway until he retired. He was successful at every one of his jobs. Jobs were not the most important thing in Jim's life. After he became a friend of Bill W., Jim changed his life. His mission was to help other people. He was soft-spoken even though speaking his mind was just a part of Jim. Jim had thirty-five years of sobriety when he passed. In those years, Jim helped countless people and made many friends. Jim also worked with the DIVERT court system in Dallas county for many years. He was recognized by the courts several times for his continued help with DWI first time offenders. Jim was a loving husband, father, son, uncle, brother and friend. Jim passed in his sleep from this life at 6:05 am on April 19th, Good Friday. The last year of his life he struggled with several difficult health problems. Now Jim is whole again, no more pain or suffering. He is with our heavenly Father. Rest in peace our dear friend. Soon we will meet again. A memorial will be held Saturday, June 15th beginning at 5:00pm at the Evans Community Center in Mesquite, Texas.
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In memory of
James Lightner Welch
WELCH, James Lightner Jim was the second son born to Odie B. and Rosa Lee Lightner Welch in Abilene, Texas. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1953. After high school, he attended Hardin-Simmons College working on a Liberal Arts degree. He joined the Navy on February 4, 1954, and was honorably discharged on January 30, 1961. Jim had many careers during his life. Early on he raced horses and traveled to many tracks making many friends. He was also a print pressman working for several newspapers. While in the newspaper business, he was vice president of the pressman union in Dallas. In 1970, he got his certification for a beautician and began doing hair. Next, he opened a typewriter and office machine business called T and R Office Machine Center in Mesquite. After that he got his locksmith license and opened Jim's Lock and Key. His last employment was working for the Dallas North Tollway until he retired. He was successful at every one of his jobs. Jobs were not the most important thing in Jim's life. After he became a friend of Bill W., Jim changed his life. His mission was to help other people. He was soft-spoken even though speaking his mind was just a part of Jim. Jim had thirty-five years of sobriety when he passed. In those years, Jim helped countless people and made many friends. Jim also worked with the DIVERT court system in Dallas county for many years. He was recognized by the courts several times for his continued help with DWI first time offenders. Jim was a loving husband, father, son, uncle, brother and friend. Jim passed in his sleep from this life at 6:05 am on April 19th, Good Friday. The last year of his life he struggled with several difficult health problems. Now Jim is whole again, no more pain or suffering. He is with our heavenly Father. Rest in peace our dear friend. Soon we will meet again. A memorial will be held Saturday, June 15th beginning at 5:00pm at the Evans Community Center in Mesquite, Texas.
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