A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated this Friday, July 20 at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 2653 Hwy 98 East, Lanark Village, for James Joseph Welsh.

Welsh, 80, passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends, under the care of Big Bend Hospice at St. James Bay Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carrabelle, on Tuesday afternoon, June 26.

A reception will be held in the parish hall of the church right after Mass. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery, Crawfordville.

Jim was born in Granite City, Illinois on Jan. 1, 1938 to the late James and Alice Key Welsh.

He retired from the state of Florida, after working for many years in an administrative role.

Jim was a longtime columnist for the Apalachicola Times, faithfully authoring the column Lanark News every week for many years.

In addition to being a member of Sacred Heart Parish, he was a member of the Apalachicola Knights of Columbus, of which he was a former district deputy.

He is survived by one sister, Patricia Welsh Bentley, of Winter Haven, and two brothers, Gerald Welsh, of Eugene, Oregon, and Thomas Earl Welsh.

Donations in Jim’s memory may be sent to Sacred Heart Church in Lanark Village, or to Big Bend Hospice.