YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A public viewing will be from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at L.E Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for Jollis C. Welcher, 89, of Youngstown, who departed this life Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in the comfort of his home with loved ones.
Affectionately known as “Chick”, Jollis was born September 10, 1927 in Youngstown, a son of Charles and Birdie Welcher, founder of McGuffey Centre.
Jollis attended Scienceville High School (later North High) and then served two years with the U.S. Army.
After being honorably discharged from the service he continued his education at YSU and Ohio State.
Jollis was an employee of the City of Youngstown Health Department starting out as a registered sanitarian, working 40 years and the last 10 as Chief Sanitarian, the first African American in that position.
Jollis had a great love for sports. As a football and basketball star in the 40’s, he continued on as a tennis competitor, winning city and area men single championship annually from 1970 – 1976. Welcher also served 25 years as a OHSAA basketball official. In 2012, he was inducted into the Curbstone Hall of Fame for tennis. Jollis also ran semi-pro basketball leagues and was a 20 year YSU season ticket holder.
He leaves to cherish his wife of 60 plus years, Yvonne Welcher; two sons, Mitchell Welcher of Youngstown and Stephen (Marchae) Welcher of Indiana; two sisters, Tyila (Fred) Norman of Colorado and Cynthia (Kenneth) Moore of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Tiffany (Jake) Grahn of Jeffersonville, Indiana and Deahna Welcher of Nashville, Tennessee; plus a host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Janis “Cookie” Welcher; a brother, Paul Welcher; and a sister, Laverne Halfacre.
He will be sadly missed by many. May he rest in peace.