Our History

Three generations of service.

When a funeral home is owned by a remote corporation, they standardize services. They think it’s more profitable to make every funeral the same.

That’s not our tradition at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory. We’re local. Family owned. That means the services we suggest are for you. For your loved one. And for the memories we help create.

Ernest Welch began his career in funeral service working for Mr. River at River Funeral Home in Big Spring.  His philosophy was simple: a funeral is a way to celebrate the life that was lived, to reflect on your loved one’s unique accomplishments. He bought the business in 1955 changing the name to River-Welch Funeral Home.

In 1937, Coy & Jessie Nalley started Nalley Funeral Home. J.C. Pickle joined as a partner and changed the name to Nalley-Pickle Funeral Home.

Twenty years later, Ernest & Mary Lynn Welch purchased Nalley-Pickle creating Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. And in 1975, their son, Tommy Welch started working as a funeral director in the family business and later became president.

In 1977, Sheppard Funeral Home opened. It was purchased by the owner of Trinity Memorial Park and renamed Trinity Memorial Funeral Home. Nalley-Pickle & Welch acquired the funeral business, cemetery, and crematory and their son, Phillip Welch began serving as operator and manager in 1985.

And in 1982, the Welch family purchased Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Today the business operates as Gilbreath Funeral Home as a division of Nalley-Pickle & Welch.

Now, Kasi Welch Baker, daughter of Tommy Welch and granddaughter of Ernest and Mary Lynn Welch is also working in the family business serving the families of the Big Spring, Stanton, and Midland communities. And here, the legacy of Ernest Welch lives on. Honor each family. Honor their traditions and culture. Honor their faith. And keep costs within a comfortable, reasonable budget. This is what we bring to every family that trusts us to create a meaningful tribute for their loved one.