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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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#14 Judy Ashcraft 2017-11-30 13:18
He was one of a kind. Loved his humor & admired him as a person. The loss is real--may God comfort his family.
#13 Heather 2017-11-30 09:22
While words fail to capture the pain of losing Joe, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our heavenly Father Jehovah return him to us.
#12 Linda Cheek Hall 2017-11-28 13:13
Mr. Welborn, I new you so long> I can/t remember! Eddie and I were classmates. I remember when Eddie and I worked together at the Complex, I sent word that I would bring Eddie home to keep you from having to come out late,cause sometimes we got off at midnight. I came to yall Christmas dinners! The Christmas cookies, and all of that! A lot of memories. Never forgotten! I also know Bart. He was a police officer, Eddie and I were dispatchers, Hang tough, yall. Love to all, Linda, better know as Cheek. To the good old days!
#11 Shaye Miller 2017-11-27 22:29
Sal and family, we are so sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the Lord be with you and bring you peace,
Shaye and Eric Miller
#10 Pat Mccullough 2017-11-27 10:49
I was so sorry to read about Mr Joe, he was one of my favorite
Favorite people . I loved his dry humor. I have enjoyed
Seeing him over the last 30 years . I will miss him.
Love and prayers to all the family.
Pat Mccullough
#9 David Parnell 2017-11-27 08:31
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I drank many of cups of coffee at McDonalds with him and the group of Veterans. He will be surely missed.
#8 Sammie Graham 2017-11-26 16:37
My deepest regrets to the family and friends of Joe. He cared about people and veterans. He worked diligently to make sure that the story and history of veterans of WWII, Korean and Vietnam were know. He made sure veterans would be remembered.He was part of Great Generation and helped lead it.
#7 Lanel C. Crawford 2017-11-26 13:32
Billy, Eddie, and Jimmy and family,

I have very fond memories of Papa Joe and Newberry High School Band trips. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May you feel the comfort of God's loving embrace.

#6 Leanne Griffith 2017-11-26 11:22
Joe was one of the best men whom I ever have known. I am so saddened by his passing. His family is in my thoughts and prayers
#5 Darlene Davis 2017-11-25 16:52
Sorry for your loss. Mr."Joe-Joe" Welborn, was a joy to work with. He was a funny little fellow, and you had to appreciate his humor! Rest in peace, Mr. Welborn!
#4 Sue and Woody Jones 2017-11-25 13:46
Sal and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Welborn was a fine man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
#3 Louise Taylor 2017-11-25 13:08
My heart goes out to Mr Joe's family,they are one of the sweeties families I had the privilege of knowing.He will be greatly missed.
#2 Danny Kinard 2017-11-25 12:46
Heaven has definitely received a good man so honorable and dedicated to his work, his family, and his church. Never met him when he was not smiling from ear to ear and always willing to help. His community will definitely miss him.
#1 Polly W Turner 2017-11-25 11:45
Sal and Family, I was so saddened to hear of your loss. Mr Welborn will be greatly missed by so many. Anytime I would see him he’d have a smile on his face. Cherish the many memories you have of him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.