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Ricky Joe ‘R.J.’ Welborn
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A memorial service for Ricky Joe “R.J.” Welborn, 58, of Baldwin, will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 10, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Paul Bryson and Ellen Cook officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Georgia National Guard, Habersham County American Legion Post No. 84, Grant Reeves VFW Post No. 7720, and Rabun County DAV Chapter No. 15.

Mr. Welborn died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness.

Born Nov. 6, 1954, in Kokomo, Ind., he was the son of the late Joseph L. and Pernell Taylor Welborn. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Donnie Joe Welborn and Stanley Welborn.

Mr. Welborn was a veteran of the United States Army and the Florida National Guard. Before becoming disabled, he was the former police chief for the city of Baldwin. Mr. Welborn was a member of Clarkesville Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Welborn of Baldwin; daughters, Christy Welborn Rivard of Gainesville and Megan Nicole Welborn of Pennsylvania; son and daughter-in-law, James “Moose” and Jessica Thomason Welborn of Clarkesville; sisters, Susie Green of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Mary Williams of Alto; brothers, Dewayne Welborn of Toccoa and Randy Welborn of Lake Wales, Fla.; and grandchildren, Jordan Welborn, Jessica L. Welborn, Nicholas Welborn, Curtis Welborn, Joey Rivard and R.J. Welborn.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour on Saturday.

The family will have an open house from noon-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the residence of R.J.’s son, James “Moose” Welborn, 1048 Echota Road, Clarkesville.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 1100 Shortwood Park Drive, Suite 120, Gainesville, GA 30501; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, 1405 Clifton Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30322; or to Patriot Guard Riders of Georgia Inc., 200 Orchard Way, Calhoun, GA 30701.

Those wishing to express online condolences to the Welborn family may do so by visiting

Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.

The Northeast Georgian

August 7, 2013