During the early morning hours of September 19, 2020, Lavonne Welch passed from
this life surrounded by family and friends that loved her dearly. She was a Christian,
a fabulous cook, a hard worker and a classy lady. She was 81.
Lavonne was born to the late Johnnie Ray Brown and Anna Macel (Kerr) Brown on
August 13, 1939. She was farm-raised in Center Point with her brothers and sisters,
Willie Paul, Kathryn, John and Carolyn. They lived on and worked hard on that farm
until Lavonne met and married the love of her life, Bobby Welch, on August 1, 1958.
Bobby then made a “town” girl out of his “Brownie” (as he called her) and they
began their new life together.
In her lifetime, Lavonne was a homemaker and worked many years for Clay
Hundley, Jr. until she decided to open The Path Life, where she sold vitamins and
herbs in addition to preparing tax returns. The spring was always a busy time for
both Bobby and Lavonne as she would work to prepare returns and Bobby would
join her after working at the body shop to make copies and prep them for mailing.
This sometimes caused them to work very late at night to meet the April 15 th tax
Bobby and Lavonne have three children Charlotte, Cheryl and Johnny. Lavonne was
proud of her children and instilled in them the characteristics that prepped them for
both their personal and professional careers. So, in true Lavonne fashion and as
Lavonne would say, “I want to brag on my kids.”
Charlotte married Michael McPherson and together, they have two children, Jessica
and Chad. Charlotte is a manager of the statewide Kentucky Pretrial Services
program. They live in Tompkinsville.
Cheryl married Ricky Pruitt and together, they have three children, Barrett, Garrett
and Ashley. Cheryl is a department manager at Walmart. They live in Tompkinsville.
Johnny married Callan Carter. Johnny and Callan are currently raising Lavonne’s
two cats, Lucky and Honey Boo Boo (this is because Lavonne thought she couldn’t handle
two cats as she got older). Johnny is a product design director at Shipt. They live in
San Francisco, CA.
Lavonne also loved her great-grandchildren Hannah, Emma and Jholdi along with all
her nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Lavonne never forgot a birthday and always had a birthday card ready on each
child’s, grandchild’s or great-grandchild’s birthday. Her brothers and sisters were
not forgotten, either. If a meal could be involved, she would do that, too.
Over the years, Lavonne has opened her home to host family holidays, barbeques
and has prepared countless meals for visiting preachers during gospel meetings. No
one left Lavonne’s table hungry. She made certain of that and would make you try
things whether you wanted to eat them or not because Lavonne always thought her
“version” of that particular food would make you love it, giving her a culinary
Lavonne didn’t trust anyone, second-guessed everything but ultimately, loved us all.
Her many kindnesses to people are evident of that.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday September 22, 2020 from 2:00 to 8:00
p.m. at the Yokley-Trible Funeral Home, and again on Wednesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
A celebration of life will be held Wednesday September 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home,
with burial to follow at Monroe County Memorial Lawn.
Lavonne’s death was caused by Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). Lavonne would
have liked to seen a cure for this dreadful disease. For those that would like to make
a donation to the MDS Foundation in Lavonne’s memory, you may do so at the
funeral home or at www.mds-foundation.org.
For the protection of Mrs.Welch's family, it is kindly asked for anyone coming to the services to abide by
Governor Beshear's recommendation of wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
No public lounge is available at this time due to COVID-19.
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