Stephen D. Welpott passed away peacefully on April 9, 2022, at the age of 77. He was welcomed into this world by parents Raymond and Jane Welpott on May 16, 1944, during a thunder and lightning storm. He started his athletic career at a young age playing football and baseball in High School and College. He attended George Washington University on a Football scholarship, and played baseball as well. He received his MBA (and marriage license) at Michigan State University in 1968. He married Joyce Ann Gross, and was deployed to Japan as a Naval Officer in 1969 where he managed the Officer’s Club and had their first son Ted. After his military service, he obtained his Accounting degree, welcomed their 2nd son Jeff, and a year later their daughter Emily. He became a CPA, and eventually an Auditor and HR Director for Marriott Corporation where he worked for 22 years. He ended his career as a Professor of Hospitality at James Madison University and moved to Moss Creek for retirement to play golf with his brother Ron.
Steve’s passions included working as a Little League Baseball coach for 19 years, coaching his children, leading his work softball team to the championships 7 of 14 years, golfing, going to church, and spending time with family and friends. He was thankful for his wife of 53 years for sticking with the guy she met at the Coral Gables, his 3 children and 8 grandchildren, his older brother Ron, who stole his hair and pushed him to play sports, his brother Hack for joining the family and always being there for him, and his faithful dog Nadia.
He was a gentle soul with a quick wit and hearty laugh, and he will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.
A celebration of life and reception will be held at Bostwick Pavillion in Moss Creek, 104 Cedar Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926, on Sunday, May 1st at 1pm. Memorial contributions may be made in Steve’s honor to the Glioblastoma foundation, American Heart Association, or God’s Goods in Blufton where Steve volunteered.”
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