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It's a sad day: Nancy Welch's valiant battle with cancer comes to an end

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, September 28, 2018

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Nancy Welch made thousands of her signature Angel Biscuits for Big Thursday. 
 

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Nancy Welch made thousands of her signature Angel Biscuits for Big Thursday. 

 



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Nancy and her husband, Bob Harrison, dance during one of her many appearances for non-profits.
 

Nancy and her husband, Bob Harrison, dance during one of her many appearances for non-profits.

 



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Nancy Welch with Gail Stokes, left and Diane Nelson.
 
 

Nancy Welch with Gail Stokes, left and Diane Nelson.

 

 

Obituary

Greer is wearing a heavy heart today.

Nancy Welch, former television personality, iconic ambassador for greater Greer, and the brightest star supporting non-profits for much-needed funding, died Thursday after an eight-year battle with cancer.

Visitation is Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Greer from 3-6 p.m. The funeral will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at the church.

News about Welch’s death at Spartanburg Medical Center, quickly surfaced on social media after Floyd’s Mortuary in Spartanburg confirmed the sad news.

“Nancy was one of the most beautiful people, inside and out, that I have ever had the honor to know. We will miss her dearly,” John Mansure, President of Greer Medical Campus at Greenville Health System, posted.

It was only last Tuesday at the Primrose Garden Club that Welch presented “Monet’s Gardens” from her trip to Monet’s home in Giverny, France.

A native of Ocala, Fla., Welch was the daughter of a Presbyterian minister.

Welch owned an Interior Design shop, a monogram shop, a restaurant, a bed and breakfast inn, and worked for a railroad.

Welch worked a year in broadcasting in Florence before agreeing to a one-year contract at WSPA-TV. That lasted 23 years as Welch hosted a weekday program featuring celebrities with a mix of cooking, interior design and fashion. She was a skilled speaker, held workshops in business networking, cooking and design.

People in the state’s broadcasting industry called Welch “a legend”.

Welch published two cookbooks, a humorous book, and authored scores of magazine articles. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Interior Design, master’s in Public Administration from Clemson and a Doctor of Education in Career and Technology from Greenville Tech.

Tom Barton, President of Greenville Technical College, hired Welch to start the Greer Campus in 1991 where she remained for 18 years and retired as Vice President for Student Services.

Welch is survived by her husband Bob Harrison, her sons Nelson and Turner and their families.

As communities grieve the passing of Welch, her signature “Angel Biscuits” made for Big Thursday will be remembered for perhaps generations.

Posts on social media regaled Welch suggesting her “Angel Biscuits” have just been added on Heaven’s menu.

 

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