Katherine Netterville Welch

Born December 6, 1921

Katherine Netterville Welch (Sweet Mama), 89, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, August 03, 2011 . She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Thomas and Jennie McCraine Netterville of Wilkinson County, Mississippi, and by her brothers, Rush E. Netterville, M.D., Charles Netterville, Robert L. Netterville, Dick Netterville, William Netterville, and Fred H. Netterville. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Alonzo D. Welch, her sister Mary Howell, her three daughters, Rosalind Seabrook and Mary Cooper of Madison , Mississippi , and Kanet Thomas of Westlake Village , California , by her sons-in-law Doug Cooper of Madison and James Thomas of Westlake Village , California , and by her seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Katherine was born on December 6, 1921 , in Wilkinson County , Mississippi , attended Lipscomb University in Nashville , received her B.A. degree from the University of Mississippi and her M.A. degree from Mississippi College . She taught in the Memphis and Jackson public schools and also served for many years as dietician for Sunnybrook Children’s Home in Ridgeland. She was a member of the Madison Church of Christ. All who knew her loved her wit, her wisdom, and her warmth. She fulfilled the role of family matriarch in grand style and will be deeply mourned and sorely missed. She was in declining health and was ready to meet her Lord, to whom she has gone home at last. Open visitation is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, at Wright and Ferguson in Ridgeland. A private family service will be held on Saturday with interment at the Natchez City Cemetery later that afternoon. Pall bearers will be her three grandsons, Patton Seabrook, Shayne Haseloff, and Nathan Thomas, and five nephews, Rush E. Netterville, Richard Netterville, Hunter Howell, Charlie Netterville, and Howard Netterville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sunnybrook Children’s Home, P. O. Box 4871, Jackson , Mississippi 39296-4871 .


  • Visitation Friday, August 5, 2011
  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 6, 2011
  • Private Memorial Service Saturday, August 6, 2011

Katherine Netterville Welch

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Matt Higdon

August 22, 2011

There will never be another Mrs. Welch. Everything about her was distinctive from her humour to her singing. The children at Sunnybrook all knew she could be tough, but that she cared and she ALWAYS had our best interest at heart. I for one respected and loved her dearly.

Dave Lemley

August 15, 2011

Sad to hear of your loss, and grateful to read the voices of many who knew and loved her. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave Lemley

August 8, 2011

mama welch was a big part of my life for a very long time. the things she taught me a young girl in sunnybrook has followed me through my life as a wife and mother. i have passed the things she taught me to my children in the hopes that all she passed to me will be carried on for years to come. mama welch i will miss you greatly but it is a great comfort to know you are with our lord and making heaven even a better place. i will try not to mourn you but celebrate all you were. i love you and will join you someday with our lord.
lisa borden, iuka, mississippi


August 6, 2011

To the Welch family: Deep sympathy go out to you and your family at this time.

Katherine Brooke Derrington

August 5, 2011

Sweet mama was a wonderful woman. She lit our hearts up with joy. We all miss her since she is gone. Let's be happy she is with the lord.
We love you sweet mama!!!!!

Timothy Douglas

August 5, 2011

Sweetmamma will be greatly missed. She taught me so much and was such a great inspiration to me. My life has been greatly blessed having had her being a part of it. I love you Sweetmamma and will miss you terribly.

Tammy Mays Stanley

August 5, 2011

Mom Welch u was a great loving caring Mom n I loved u so very much u will b missed very deeply u n daddy welch meant the world to me mom welch n I will miss u so very much mom welch love u with all of my heart

Tammy Mays Stanley

August 5, 2011

Mom Welch u n Daddy Welch meant so much to me n I love both of y'all so very much n now u r in Heaven watching over all of us u will b missed very deeply by all of your ones
I love u Mom Welch

jamie patterson

August 5, 2011

thank u mrs.welch for all the hard work u did to make sure all of us kids at sunnybrook had all the cloths and food we needed .and to take the time u with us .u was a great example to us all we love u and u will be missed

Ann Morrison Mullins

August 5, 2011

My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Bro. Welch and family. To me these verses in the Bible says it all, I am very thankful and blessed for having such a wonderful role model as a mother and woman in my life, my life has been blessed. I love you Mama Welch thank you.

Proverbs 31:10-31
...King James Version (KJV)

10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.