The Macon County Soccer League dedicated a new building at the Macon County Fairgrounds on their final play day of the 2014 season.
They enshrined two of their own in Jesse and Hannah Welch.
In 2008 a devastating tornado tore thru the Macon County community. In the aftermath, the following day, Jesse, Hannah, and their parents Michael and Julie were killed in an auto accident just past Key Road outside the city limits on Hwy 52. Michael was the minister of the Lafayette United Methodist Church and President of the local Minister’s Association. The entire Welch family had been to Gallatin to pick-up supplies to help displaced people from that storm.
Jesse and Hannah Welch had both played in this league. Jesse had even worked as a referee. Having known the family I can say they were both great children raised by two loving and caring parents.
This past offseason the Macon County Soccer League erected a new building. It provides much needed permanent bathroom facilities as well as a modern concession stand. This building will provide service to hundreds of children, and their families, both this season and for many seasons to come.
At 10 am on May 17th the league gathered to dedicate the building. Charlie Jones welcomed everyone and thanked a number of people and organizations that helped make the building possible. David Thomas said a few words about Jesse and Hannah and the meaning of the inscription on the plaque. Mr. Jones closed with a short prayer. Many parishioners from the Lafayette United Methodist Church, who knew and loved the Welch family, were on hand for the dedication.
This dedication is a wonderful affirmation on just how each life can impact another. Although Jesse and Hannah were young, the way they were taught to treat others and how they lived their lives can serve as an example for future families of this league.