OBITUARY

Welford Lyon Coutts Jr.

October 27, 1941January 31, 2018
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A Southern gentleman has died. A man who dearly loved his family has left that family, surrounded by those who deeply loved him. Welford Lyon Coutts, Jr., son of Welford Lyon and Eunice Scherer Coutts, died on January 31, 2018 at Trinity Elms Nursing Home in Clemmons, N.C. He was born in Richmond, Virginia on October 27, 1941 and graduated from Hermitage High School with high honors in math. Anyone who knew Welford could not help but remark on the talent he demonstrated in the areas of math and finance. Throughout his life, he was often described as a genius in these areas, a fact that always made him smile. Following high school, Welford attended Virginia Tech, where he majored in statistics. He was a proud member of the V.T. Cadet Corp and Marching Band, the Highty-Tighties, from 1962 until 1964. This band marched in President John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Parade and was chosen "Best Band" in the parade, competing with bands from across the United States. Welford was always a very proud and devoted Virginia Tech "Hokie" and Hokie football fan. Following his graduation from V.T., he went to work for DuPont and worked with computers, in the very early days of computers. His love of technology led him to subsequent positions at Philip Morris, Medical College of Virginia, and finally at R. J. Reynolds in Winston-Salem, from which he retired. During his time at Philip Morris, Welford obtained a Master's Degree in Business from the University of Richmond. Welford's love of finance and real estate enabled him to establish a large and flourishing real estate business, DLB Enterprises. Surviving Welford are his wife of 50 years, Patricia, and his three children, David Lyon (Melinda), Laura Catherine (Ray), and Brian Alexander. His love for his seven grandchildren knew no bounds. Providing Granddaddy with countless hours of happiness were David Lyon Coutts, Jr., Savannah Sleeper Coutts, Cassidy Stiles Coutts, Sawyer Hull Coutts, Eva Marie Kline-Coutts, Sophia Elise Kline-Coutts, and Gabriel Wolfe Kline-Coutts. Welford is also survived by a sister, Carolyn Baker, of Richmond, Va. The Coutts family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful love and support shown Welford during his time at Trinity Elms. Two staff members were especially dear to his heart. Thank you especially to Tina Litteral and Saadia Bahri. Welford's family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 7th, at Vogler's Funeral Home in Clemmons, N.C. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 8th, at 11:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons, N.C. In lieu of flowers, donations in Welford's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, P. O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, February 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Welford Lyon Coutts Jr.

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Elizabeth Flynn

February 5, 2018

So sorry to hear of your husbands passing. My thoughts and prayer are with you through this time.

Diane Murdock Smith

February 4, 2018

I am so sorry to hear that Welford has passed. He was a special friend to me. We dated in our early high school years and he and his friends influenced me to study Latin and to be diligent in my studies. He was just a nice person and very intelligent. We reconnected by email several years ago and he shared pictures of his wife, children and grandchildren, of whom he was very proud. I am very sorry for your loss. Diane Murdock Smith

Angela Roethlinger

February 4, 2018

Aunt Pat, David, Laura and Brian,
I want you all to know how sorry I am and we are to hear about Uncle Welfords passing. It seems like yesterday that you were sending me and my family the thoughts and prayers for my dad! Uncle Welford will be greatly miss by all. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers always! I love you all!

Frances Rivenbark

February 4, 2018

Pat, David, Laura and Brian,
Myself and my family are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved brother-in-law and uncle. I have many fond memories of our visits especially conversations between Welford and Herbert. He was so much a loved member of our family. He will now be free from all pain and suffering and missed until we meet again

Frances Rivenbark

February 4, 2018

Pat, David, Laura and Brian,
I and my family are so saddened at the passing of one of the best brother-in-law and uncle we could ever ask for! I have many fond memories of our visits especially conversations between Welford and Herbert! I am very proud to have been a part of his life! My love and respect for Welford will go on until we meet again! My prayers and love to all of you!

Mike Skovera

February 1, 2018

I really enjoyed getting to know Welford over at Trinity Elms and will miss his presence. He was a really bright and beautiful soul. It's hard to find people who can make you laugh in such an environment, but Welford was really good at it. May God bless him and let perpetual light shine upon him forever and ever! My deepest sympathy and condolences for the family until you see him again.

Myra Mize

January 31, 2018

It is with deepest sadness that such a lovely man had passed. I will miss his smile and unique sense of humor. Love to all his family during this difficult time. Myra Mize & The Murphy Family

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