OBITUARY

Clifford Norman Welling

December 28, 1952May 14, 2018
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Clifford Norman Welling, 65, of Lynchburg, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 at his residence.

Born on December 28, 1952 in Greenville, SC, he was the son of Edith Irene Singleton Welling and the late Howard Wilson Welling. Cliff worked as a welder with Coleman Adams Construction Company and was an active member of Thomas Road Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Liberty University and a member of the American Legion Post 16. Cliff also was a booster of the Lynchburg Hillcats Baseball Team and loved supporting them.

Cliff was a sweet, compassionate nonconformist who was playful, witty, and funny. He loved minor-league baseball, nature, the arts, and church. Confident in his faith and resigned to God's will, Cliff served wherever he was needed. Cliff loved his family, friends, community and country. And, oh, do we love and miss him!

He is survived by his mother, Edith Irene Welling; siblings, David Welling and wife Leanne, Phillip Welling and wife Diane, Faith Welling and husband Marc Teitelbaum, Hope Thompson and husband Turner, and Charity Tidwell and husband Rudy; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 pm on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Pastor Doug Randlett officiating. Military honors will be presented by the American Legion Post 16.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • A Celebration of Life Service Friday, May 18, 2018
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Nancy Dietz

May 18, 2018

Prayers for Cliff's family. My husband, Dale, and I sat a few seats away from Cliff in section 9 at the Hillcats for many years. He was kind with a great sense of humor. His long sleeves and hat always amazed me! He will live on in the memories of all those that were blessed to have met him.

Jackie Owen

May 18, 2018

The service today for Cliff was perfect! The family's eulogy was so touching and captured every part of Cliff. He was a wonderful gift to the Fellowship college class and it was good to see a couple of the old college students there today to honor him. He served with my husband and I in that class for at least 15 years and faithfully made all 150 or more of us coffee every Sunday morning! He greeted all the students with a smile and usually a good joke. He went on almost every retreat with us through the years and again was such a faithful servant in making sure we all had what we needed from the kitchen. He never expected any recognition, in fact would shy away from it. A rare quality in today's world. He was special...and a true friend to all.

Joy Hefley Alexander

May 17, 2018

My heart is with all of you during this difficult time. Please know many love Cliff and the entire Welling family. You are an inspiration to everyone who knows you.
Sweet, gently Cliff will always be remembered.
Love and many prayers through this time and the time to come.
Blessings to all of you
Joy Hefley Alexander

Kelly Gladden

May 16, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with Cliff's family. I always enjoyed chatting with Cliff at the Hillcats games. I was lucky enough to be an Usher for several years and Section 9 was my section where Cliff held his season tickets. I will remember his smile, that hat and he always always wore long sleeve shirts. I asked him on several occasions if he ever gets hot in the summer and his response was always the same, that the long sleeve shirts actually kept him cooler. Cliff will be missed by many, such a sweet man.

-Kelly Gladden

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Biography

Clifford Norman Welling, 65, of Lynchburg, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 at his residence.

Born on December 28, 1952 in Greenville, SC, he was the son of Edith Irene Singleton Welling and the late Howard Wilson Welling. Cliff worked as a welder with Coleman Adams Construction Company and was an active member of Thomas Road Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Liberty University and a member of the American Legion Post 16. Cliff also was a booster of the Lynchburg Hillcats Baseball Team and loved supporting them.

Cliff was a sweet, compassionate nonconformist who was playful, witty, and funny. He loved minor-league baseball, nature, the arts, and church. Confident in his faith and resigned to God's will, Cliff served wherever he was needed. Cliff loved his family, friends, community and country. And, oh, do we love and miss him!

He is survived by his mother, Edith Irene Welling; siblings, David Welling and wife Leanne, Phillip Welling and wife Diane, Faith Welling and husband Marc Teitelbaum, Hope Thompson and husband Turner, and Charity Tidwell and husband Rudy; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 pm on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Pastor Doug Randlett officiating. Military honors will be presented by the American Legion Post 16.

Our Beloved Cliff

Cliff’s life was a story of contrasts and constants.

First, some of the contrasts.

On the one hand:
A large burly guy who enjoyed baseball, fishing, camping, and hanging with the guys at the cigar bar.
On the other hand:
A gentle soul who gave pretty, decorative gifts to the women in his life (mother, sisters, nieces, friends) and would tolerate a chick flick when it meant an opportunity to spend time with them.

On the one hand:
A man of mystery behind the dark glasses, cowboy hat, deep southern drawl, extensive vocabulary, and broad knowledge. My husband pegged Cliff as former CIA when they first met.
On the other hand:
Cliff was a straightforward man with simple tastes, who didn’t try to impress, and his word was his bond.

On the one hand:
Cliff gave the impression of lethargy. He talked slowly. He sometimes moved slowly. He took his time responding to questions.
On the other hand:
Cliff was incredibly industrious. While he was a welder for 35 years for Coleman Adams, he also volunteered at church every week, was a Booster for the Hill Cats, and volunteered for the American Legion, Salvation Army, and Red Cross. And Cliff worked his mind equally hard—making good use of the public and college libraries.

On the one hand:
Cliff was a rebel, a nonconformist, an independent thinker. Others’ opinions didn’t influence Cliff. He was well-read and drew his own conclusions.
On the other hand:
Cliff conformed to Scripture. He was confident in his faith and resigned to God’s will. Cliff used his gifts and abilities to honor God.

Now, the constants.

Cliff would do anything for his family and friends.
He was sweet, kind, generous, and compassionate.
If a family or friend needed something, Cliff was there to help. No questions asked. Their dignity intact. He wanted nothing in return.
Cliff was compassionate, particularly to the most vulnerable and innocent.
His love was expansive.

Cliff had the heart of a servant.
Whether volunteering for church, sports, charity, or social clubs, Cliff did whatever was needed and for as long as it took.
He expected no recognition or thanks.

Cliff loved animals and nature.
He loved being close to nature; he enjoyed camping in the woods, hiking, and fishing.
Cliff was tender-hearted for animals, especially if injured or stressed.
As a child, Cliff cried when he learned that our beloved dog, Skipper, was color blind—as Cliff was, also.
He loved the family pets and frequently cared for Phil & Di’s fur-babies, Charlie and Lucy.

Cliff loved our country.
He served as a medic in the Navy. Was a member of the American Legion.
An active citizen, he never missed an election.

Cliff loved the arts.
He had diverse music taste: bluegrass, Keltic, opera, sacred
He supported the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center and regularly attended productions there, as well as college productions.
Cliff appreciated fine craftsmanship, whether in artisan crafts or furniture.

In recent years, ...
Arthritis and Parkinson’s took its toll. Cliff’s mobility, speech, and outlook were impaired.

However, one way Cliff never changed ...
how he loved his family, friends and community.
And, oh, do we love and miss him!