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  • Bobby Welch's art honors hometown's heritage

    by Jennifer Davis Rash/Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (5 days ago)

    Photo by Jennifer Davis Rash/courtesy of The Alabama Baptist
    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (BP) -- Some call it Dye Branch, others Dye Ditch, but no matter the reference used, natives of Fort Payne, Ala., who grew up in the area in the 1950s and 60s seem to know all the adventurous tales.

    One of those natives, Bobby Welch -- former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and retired longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, Fla. -- has decided to take the stories to a new level with an official visual representation of those days.

    "This is a heritage tribute, a tribute to the ordinary," Welch said during the Oct. 29 annual meeting of Landmarks Historic Association of DeKalb County. "It is for the heroes of the environment -- those who stayed and have been here through the thick and thin. They are producing, innovating, booming and doing what needs to be done." Read More