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WILLIAMSBURG – Drew Edward Welty, 29, departed this life on Oct. 2, 2016, near Togiak, AK. He was born May 3, 1987, in Tampa, FL. He lived most of his life in Williamsburg. He was a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church where he was involved in mission work from middle school through college. Drew graduated from Bruton High School and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Radford University, where he was commissioned in the United States Army. He served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician and deployed to Afghanistan, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. He was also selected to go to Vietnam on a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) Recovery Mission. After being Honorably Discharged from the Army at the rank of Captain, he pursued his degree in Professional Piloting at University of Alaska Anchorage. During this time, Drew worked summers as a contractor for USA Environmental and Olgoonik. He achieved his dream of flying as a co-pilot with Ravn Alaska.
Drew was an Eagle Scout with an adventurous spirit and a love for the outdoors He loved to travel and visited 34 countries. He was a storyteller, hopeless romantic, avid trivia buff, board game enthusiast, a favorite uncle of his nieces and nephews, and a lovable, caring brother and son.
Drew was the son of Rita Welty and the late Roy Welty. He is also preceded in death by his grandparents Leo and Leota Welty, grandfather William Smith, aunt Carolyn Smith, and uncle Donald Welty. He is survived by his mother, Rita Welty of Williamsburg, grandmother Inez Smith of Mathews, siblings Thomas Welty and Vicki of Atlanta, Lynn Handy of Juno Beach, FL, Jennifer Welty-Green and Allen of Atlanta, David Welty of Colorado Springs, Richard Welty and Holly of Denver, Alison Early and Rick of Richmond, Emily Emery and Aaron of Great Falls, uncle Chester Welty and Mavis of Medina, OH, aunt Jeanette Prunty of Yorktown, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and the love of his life, RieAnn Fullwood of Anchorage.
A visitation will be held on Sat., Oct. 15 from 3-6 p.m. at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. A service will be held on Sun., Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. at Williamsburg United Methodist Church with burial at 4:30 p.m. at Providence Cemetery on East River Road in Mathews County, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alaska Airmen Association, www.alaskaairmen.org or to Williamsburg United Methodist Church in memory of Drew Welty. Church donations will go to youth mission scholarships.
Arrangements are with Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home, Mathews, VA.