Fallen Hero: MSgt Michael Todd Welch (Ret)


Funeral Home

Colonial Chapel Funeral Home

302 8th Avenue Southwest Magee, MS


Sunday, November 26, 2023, from 5 -9 P.M., Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, Magee


Monday, November 27, 2023 at 10:00 A.M., Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, Magee


Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Airman and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on November 22, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home. MSgt Michael Todd Welch (Ret), age 54, who served in the MSANG and served within the 172d Airlift Wing has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Airman.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Airman has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Airman for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

Michael Todd Welch, 54 of Mendenhall, MS passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at the Sonny Montgomery VA Hospital in Jackson, MS. He was born Tuesday, September 23, 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2023 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Magee. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Magee. Burial will follow in Welch Cemetery in Mendenhall, MS. Bro. George Owens will officiate. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Magee is in charge of arrangements. 601-849-5031

Mr. Welch served in the military for over 35 years and he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandkids.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie McWilliams Welch.

Survivors include his wife, Lori  Johnson  Welch of Mendenhall;  son, Aaron  Welch  (Meagan) of Pelahatchie;  daughter, Ashley  Welch  Brinkley  (Dakota) of Magee;  father, John  Welch  of Magee;  grandchildren, Daniel, Norah, Logan, Skylar  Welch and Braylen, Brooklynn, Beau Brinkley;  brother, Cliff Welch of Magee;  sister, Gina  Welch Nowell of Magee;  mother-in-law, Cheryl  Wade  of Mendenhall;  brother-in-law, Kevin  Johnson  (Amber) of Pinola;  sister-in-law, Amy  Graham (Joe) of Laurel; and a host of nieces and nephews

Pallbearers will be Terry Hill, Joe Welch, Joe Broderick, Chris Thompson, McKenzie Rankin, and Jonathan Ware. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Davis, Ronnie Welch, Terry Welch, and Landon Graves.       

An online guestbook may be signed at  www.colonialchapelmageemendenhall.com