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Frank T. Welch, 78, of Sidney, Ky., passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.

Frank was born October 30, 1934, at Neon, Ky., the son of the late R. H. and Bertie Hubbard Welch.

He was also preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, R. H. Welch Jr. and Lavenna Welch; his father and mother-in-law, Layton and Armilda Smith; niece, Linda Gaye Ison; and sister-in-law, Maggie Smith.

He was a longtime educator in Pike County having been Principal of Belfry High School from 1971 - 1998; Superintendent of Pike County Schools from 1998 till he retired June 30, 2006; he was also President of KHSAA Board in 1986, Kentucky State Secondary Principal of the Year, KASSP in 1988, Outstanding Alumni Award Hall of Fame - Morehead State University in 1999, Kentucky State Superintendent of the Year in 2004, Top Ten Superintendent of the Nation in 2005, Superintendent of the Year by KSBA Dupree Award in 2005, Honorary Doctorate Degree from Pikeville College in 2005, received the Teachers Who Make a Difference Award - University of Kentucky Department of Education, member of the Pikeville Rotary Club and the Sidney Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Welch of Sidney, Ky.; daughters, Melody (Rob) Coyle and Claudine (Billy) Barrow both of Lexington, Ky.; grandsons, Clayton Thomas Coyle, Tanner Layton Barrow and Brady Alexander Barrow all of Lexington, Ky.; brother-in-law, Claude P. (Margarette) Smith of Huddy, Ky.; brother, John H. Welch of Lexington, Ky.; sisters, Ida Allen and Pearl Goode both of Neon, Ky. and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 12, at 11 a.m. at the Belfry High School Auditorium with Shawn Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Smith Cemetery, Sidney, Ky., wth Rob Coyle, Billy Barrow, Clay Coyle, Brady Barrow, Tanner Barrow, Johnny Williamson, Greg Coyle, Scott Hickey and David Lester serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Men of the Sidney Missionary Baptist Church, Claude Smith, John Welch, Paul Dotson, Joe Goode, Mark Brewer, Dan Scalf, Phil Scalf, John Astor Welch, Bennett Welch, Jerry Tolliver and Kirby Ison. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Belfry High School Auditorium. There will be a special service at 7 p.m. Thursday night.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sidney Missionary Baptist Church.

R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.rerogersfuneralhome.com.

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