Joe Hentz Welborn, 90, of Newberry, died Friday, November 24, 2017, at White Oak Manor.
Born on November 28, 1926, in Pelzer, he was the son of the late Walter Leland Welborn and Georgia Hentz Welborn Ballentine. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Welborn was a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Embalming and was employed full-time for several years with McSwain Funeral Home prior to going to work for the U.S. Postal Service from which he retired. During his retirement years he returned part-time to work for McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. He was reared in the Lutheran Church and had attended College Street Baptist Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post #24 and the 40 & 8 # 1342. Mr. Welborn was an active participate of the McDonalds Breakfast Club for many years. He was a gifted stain-glass artist who replicated in three-dimension many of the churches in Newberry County, and he donated many of them to the individual churches for enjoyment.
He is survived by his wife, Sal McConnell Welborn; sons, Edwin Olin Welborn of Columbia, James Jay Welborn of Florida and William Hentz Welborn of Sumter; a sister, Margaret Welborn Brocklebank of Amelia Island, FL; step-children, Larry (Nancy) Cochcroft of Lexington, Sheryl (Ron) Cromer of Newberry and Bart (Kim) Cochcroft of Leesville; 18 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren He was predeceased by two wives, Nellie Welborn and Lillian Welborn; a sons, Walter Welborn, Arthur Cochcroft, Jr. and Randy Cochcroft
Funeral services will be held at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, November 27, 2017, at 2:00 pm by the Rev. Ken Smith. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers will be Willie Davis, Jacob Welborn, Freddie Harmon, Craig Cromer, BJ Cochcroft and Kenton Lown.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the McDonalds Breakfast Club.
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