“I do not pray that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one.”John 17:15
On August 12, 1944, Ollie Mae Heyward was born to the late Isaac and Lillie Heyward in Hampton County. She graduated from Estill Training School in 1961 at the age of 16. Ollie was a huge protector of her family. Upon graduation, Ollie moved to Brooklyn, New York, to live with her Aunt Bell and Uncle Hosea where she met William Welch. ey were married in 1968. This union was blessed with three children, Charisse, William Jr., and Janelle, and one grandson, Mason. She joined Good Samaritan Holiness Church where she accepted the Lord as her Savior. She retired from NYNEX Telephone Company in 1989 and moved to Raleigh, NC, where she started a Daycare Center in her home.
On September 4, 2022, God called Ollie from labor to rest at her residence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Lillie Heyward, daughter, Charisse Welch, sister, Evangelist Carolyn Jamison, and brother, Dan White.
Ollie leaves to cherish her memory: her devoted husband, William Welch, Sr.; one son, William Welch, Jr., of the home; one daughter, Janelle Johnson of Wilmington, NC; one grandson, Mason Johnson of Wilmington, NC; sisters, Lula Bell Wright (Anthony) of Garland, TX, Evangelist Debra (Michael) Scott and Christine James, both of Varnville, SC; brothers, Elder Daniel Heyward, Isaac Heyward, Jr., Nathaniel Heyward and Bishop David (Debra Ann) Heyward, all of Varnville, SC, Harry Lee Heyward (Shenna) of Marietta, GA; sisters-in-law, Ann Welch, Mary Welch, and Sheldine Welch, all of Queens, NY; brothers-in-law, John (Mary) Welch of Durham, NC, Jeroy Jamison, Sr., of Islandton, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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