Berkeley Kermite "Nationwide" Welch

11/26/1968 - 09/15/2021

Obituary For Berkeley Kermite "Nationwide" Welch

A celebration of life for Mr. Berkeley K. Welch of Niagara Falls, New York, 52, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Africa Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1-7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2021, at the funeral home.

Mr. Berkeley K. Welch began his life’s journey on November 26, 1968, the union of Pastor Bobby James and Mrs. Maggie Jenkins Welch. He was the second child of three.

Mr. Welch joined Africa Missionary Baptist church at a young age and remained a member until his passing. Berkeley attended school in Talladega County before relocating to Detroit, Michigan where he became a member of the 1986 graduating class of Mumford High School. After graduating, he enrolled and graduated in 1988 graduated from Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies. He loved singing, composing music and playing the piano. He loved children. His nieces and nephews brought him much joy. He was known to fix bikes for the neighborhood children and was gifted with the ability to build things.

Berkeley had taken to the nickname of “Nationwide” because of his travels and the numerous cities he lived in throughout the continental United States.

On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, as Berkeley rested peacefully at home, the Lord called him to rest eternally. In his final trip back to Alabama, it was befitting that “Nationwide” was carried across the country making stops in Chicago and Denver before reaching his final destination. He was preceded in passing by his grandparents.

Berkeley leaves beautiful memories to be cherished by: his loving parents, Pastor Bobby James and Maggie J. Welch; one brother, Bobby R. (Alice) Welch; two sisters, Melody (Algernon) Thomas and LaWanda (Cedric) Stamps; three children, Briquell S. Welch of Southfield, Michigan, Derrius Garrett of Talladega, Alabama and Ashley E. Bivins of Niagara Falls, New York; devoted cousins, TiAndra Griffin, Paul Cook and Nareace Henly; best friends, Charles Lattimore, Melissa Turner and Dexter Welch; two grandchildren; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.



Guest Book

Rest in Paradise Berkeley, you will be truly miss, my condolences goes out to your family, I remember having a crush on you in school(Winterboro) until we meet again my friend ❤️

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Rest in Paradise Berkeley, I remember having a crush on you in high school at Winterboro, you will be missed.❤️

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You will be truly miss, I remember having a crush on you in school(winterboro) we all use to ride the bus together Ms.Louis bus. Rest in Paradise love. ❤️ Tracy Nix Stone

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May God be with you and the family. Rest in Heaven Berkeley. You will be missed!

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Our sincere condolences go out to the entire Welch Family. May God give each of you strength, comfort and peace during this time and the days to come. Love, Rev. Len and Letinna Wilson.

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Rest in paradise Berk. I love you ❤. Gone but never forgotten. Prayers to the family 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Our prayers and love pour out to this beautiful family. I'm so sorry for your loss. May God be with you to strengthen and comfort you! Pastor Jacobs and the Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church Family

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Uncle Berkeley you will be missed by your oldest niece (Turnika). You always carried a smile and always kept laughter with me. You was a great musician and kept a song in your mouth as well as your mind. We love you and you will greatly be missed. You are truly free indeed. Now take your rest. Turnika McGhee Talladega,Alabama

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Berkeley you are misses and loved by many. Rest peacefully cousin. Your work here is done. I remember our last conversation. You song Sam Cook a change is gonna come. I will for ever remember that smile and your big kind heart. You was always willing to help us on the hill. Lord this hurt but I believe you are in a better place. God knows what's best for us and he makes no mistakes. I look for you when I came to Niagara Falls couldnt find you. But later realize you was already in the park. I was happy to see you. We had fun that day celebrating Aunt Dot 70 birthday. Glad I got to see you. Love always your cuzn. Rhonda Bradford White

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May god bless you and your.family.know.that.god is still in control know that we love you and.you are forever in our heart from elaine reynolds and family

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My brother, my cousin, my friend. My heart hurts so bad right now. I don't even have words to say how I feel. I will miss you. You were who you were and some people didn't understand why you did things your way but you and I always had a close relationship because there was no judgment. I love you for who you were and you were a child of God. We have argued and laughed together and it was done all in the name of love. I know you suffered for a long time and now your suffering is over. My big little brother you can rest peacefully with God. I will always love and miss you. You will forever be in my ❤ 💙. Much love Berskie. Your big sister Red.

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Uncle Berkeley you will be missed dearly. I think about you so badly right now, but no more suffering and pain. I love you, love your Baby Cake, Baby girl and Pocahontas Krystle. Xoxo

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Lit a candle in remembrance of Berkeley Welch. What a sweet, kind and living person you are and forever be missed.................... Ms. Gail & Nell Miller & family. Niagara Falls, New York.

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Rest in paradise my cousin,what a small world you were a good friend to the family even before I knew we were family, always lending a helping hand when needed, you were always so friendly and polite no matter what your flaws were no one could ever say anything bad about you. You had a heart if gold and s beautiful spirit, rest well my cousin you're forever in my heart. Pamela "Ricki" Bradford & family

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Condolences to the Welch Family, Rest in Paradise BK, You will be truly missed.

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Condolences to the Welch family It is with heart felt pain that we learn of the loss of Berkley. We will always remember BK as a child of neighborhood. I can never forget how he would come to my house and play the piano and sing for me. BK was a very talented child, and to truly know him was to love him. I know that he is missed and will be missed but God will not put anymore on us than we can bear. Bro. Bobby and Sis. Maggie and the rest of the family, you are in our prayers and we are here for you. With much love to the family. Helen Millender and family

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