Annie Ruth Smith Welch, age 99, of Dutch Creek Road, Banner Elk, passed away Tuesday morning, March 25, 2014, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

Mrs. Welch was born March 11, 1915 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late William and Annie Pearson Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Clark's Creek Baptist Church.

Mrs. Welch is survived by one daughter, Anne Culler and husband Dewey of Boone; three sons, Louis Welch and wife Evelyn of Elizabethton, Tennessee, Bill Welch and wife Marilyn, and Ernest Welch, all of Banner Elk; two brothers, Hade Smith of Banner Elk, and Hoover Smith and wife Lois of Lexington, North Carolina; four sisters, Velma Dobson of Atlanta, Georgia, Victoria Yates of Vilas, Doris Bliss of Banner Elk, and Helen Rominger of Boone. She is also survived by two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two great great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bynum Welch, and two brothers, Lowell Smith and Byrd Smith.

Funeral services for Annie Ruth Smith Welch will be conducted Friday afternoon, March 28, 2014, at 2:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Mike Townsend and Reverend Rick Critcher. Burial will follow in Clark's Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday afternoon, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Clark's Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Bill Townsend, 2840 Clark's Creek Road, Banner Elk, North Carolina, 28604.

Online condolences may be sent to the Welch family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.


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