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Darden Garrett Welsh

Darden Welsh Program Pic FixedDarden Garrett Welsh, age 87, passed away Monday, July 13, 2020 in Crockett.  Darden was born December 24, 1932 in Tomball, Texas to parents, Barnaby Ciscero Welsh and Mattie Viola Ellisor Welsh. He attended school in Tarkington Prairie (near Cleveland, Texas) and later received a BA degree from Sam Houston State University. In 1952, Darden married the love of his life, Frances Bowdoin Welsh. After 68 years together she preceded him in death by thirty seven days. Darden served his country in the Air force, retiring after 22.5 years.  For most of his tenure, he served as Supervisor of Communication and Radio Relay. While in the military, he experienced life in many parts of the world including Panama, India, Okinawa, Korea, Viet-Nam, Japan and Hawaii. He also served on many bases in the United States. While in the service, he gained a tremendous knowledge of Aircraft mechanic and flight. Those experiences later served him well at home as a shade tree mechanic. His work communications also served him well later in life, as a radio, TV, and electrical diagnostician and repairman. After his stint in the Air Force, Darden and Frances moved to Crockett in 1972 where he soon went to work for Contel Telephone. He worked for Contel as a COE technician and after a number of years retired. Darden was gifted musically, a talent he inherited from his dad and could play a number of instruments. One of his favorites was the steel guitar and was partial to one he built himself. As a musician, he spent many years performing in a band while in the Air Force, opening and playing backup to many big name stars entertaining the troops. Darden was a very humble person, never putting on “airs”. He was quiet and respectful of his fellowman, always giving the benefit of conversation to the next guy. He moved through life confidently, peacefully, respectfully, always avoiding unpleasant confrontations. He lived his faith with an inner peace hard to find in the world of today.

Darden is survived by daughter, Margaret Welsh (Maggie) Thomasson and husband, Lyle of Crockett; daughter-in-law, Cherie Welsh of Huntsville; sister, Mattie Florene Welsh Lawrence of Palestine; sister-in-law, Norma Ruth Birdsong and husband, Kenneth of Needville; grandchildren, Christopher John Thomasson and wife, Debra of Crockett, Lawrence Welsh and wife, Tiffany of Kenedy, Sarah Welsh of Trinity, Sharon Welsh of Beaumont, Deaven Cryer and Angela Paige Laxson of Bryan; great-grandchildren, Camron, Megan, Lawrence, Robert, Trip, James, Vince, Alex, Victor, Reign; great-great-grandchildren, Brayden, Cheyenne, Brooklyn, Wyatt; many special cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by wife, Nettie Frances Bowdoin Welsh; son, James Robert Welsh; daughter, Lisa Ann Welsh Ericson; grandson, Michael Leigh; parents, Barnaby Ciscero Welsh and Mattie Viola Ellisor Welsh; sister, Lois Emogene Welsh Watson; brothers, Shelby Glen Welsh, James Ingram Welsh.

Graveside services for Darden Garrett Welsh will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 16, 2020 in the Porter Springs Cemetery with Rev. Cindy Doran officiating.

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  1. My heartfelt prayers go out to Maggie and Chris and family, Been a rough few years for your family,,I enjoyed listening to him and his band in Hawaii,, Lisa, Jimmy , Fran and now Darden,, so very sorry,,,

  2. My deepest sympathy for the family. Sonny was my Granduncle, Shelby Welsh was my Granddaddy. My prayers are with you. Sincerely, Brian Scott Guidry

  3. Darden Welsh…a great employee…a dear friend…and just an all around great person. He was a great friend of mine. I will miss him dearly. Rest easy Darden.

  4. We will all miss Sonny. He was a very special person. He loved his family very much.

  5. Darden was a friend of my father and always such a nice man. Very soft spoken. I got to visit with Darden and Frances about two years ago at an estate sale I had for my aunt. I had only seen them a couple of times since my childhood after leaving Crockett in 1975. I’m so very sorry for your loss. May God bless you and give your peace and comfort.

  6. Lisa and I would had many of nights (and afternoons) sitting across from mom and dad in their living room in deep conversation. Dad would be sitting in his recliner with the small reading lamp on, for who knows what reason since he would always fall asleep, while the other three of us would babble on. We never blamed him for falling asleep, he was now retired, occupied his time with hobbies in his makeshift shop, and enjoyed the laughter of the grandchildren growing around him. Mom complemented dad, as dad complemented mom. When dad awoke from his nap, we could witness how complete this couple was. Mom would have to pause in her breath as dad would then continue the conversation for her, picking up her thoughts as if he was always listening to the conversation, then as sudden as dad awoke he would drifted back to sleep, with the three of us wondering how he knew what we were discussing. Being together for 68 years, I hope mom and dad continue their quest in the heavens above. I will miss them all and those conversations that were — family.

  7. Sweet Darden just couldn’t live without his Frances…..The last time I saw him, he was sitting patiently at the foot of her nursing home bed. I will always remember what special neighbors Darden and Frances were to Paul’s grandmother, Dula Walden. They doted on her like she was their own!
    It is hard to believe that they are both gone. Deepest sympathies to Maggie and the family.
    Carol Dawson

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