Journal reporter, columnist Stan Welch has passed

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It is with a heavy heart that The Journal staff has to report that Stan Welch, news reporter, journalist and columnist for The Journal, passed away Saturday.

Following is his obituary:

Stanton Wayne “Stan” Welch, 72, passed away Saturday, November 20, 2021.
Born in Gastonia, NC, he was a son of the late Carl Whitby “Pee Wee” Welch, Jr. and Elizabeth Dilling “Libby” Welch. A 1972 graduate of the Citadel, he worked as a journalist in the newspaper industry in South Carolina for 40 years. Stan was a lover of and a faithful servant to the power of the written word. He was an investigative reporter, and independent publisher and newspaper owner. He worked for the last 15 years as a journalist and columnist for the Williamston Journal. Stan loved his family and his country and had a real heart and concern for the downtrodden and veterans.
He is survived by his only son, Luke Welch of Savannah; siblings, Holly Durham of Pelzer, Mark Welch of Newry and Leslie White (Dan) of Pelzer; and his special lady, Bonnie Putzu of Charleston.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Salvation Army of the Carolinas, Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217 (https://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/).
The family would love for you to share stories of Stan with them. Please share them on the Tribute Wall on his obituary page at www.graymortuary.com.