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Former Dougherty coach dies

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AUGUSTA, GA (WALB) -   The Georgia High School football coaching community is mourning the death of former Dougherty High and Thomson High head coach Luther Welsh.

The 78-year old Welsh died Thursday morning at an Augusta hospital after being flown there Wednesday.

Welsh death comes one week after his wife Anne died from cancer.

Her funeral was held on Monday.

Luther Welsh coached high school football in Georgia for seven decades.

He won more than 320 games at Dougherty, Thomson, Camden County, Greene County and Screven County.

Bainbridge High head coach Ed Pilcher first met Luther Welsh when Pilcher was an assistant at Colquitt County and Welsh was at Dougherty in the early 80's.

The two crossed paths when Welsh beat Pilcher's Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets for his third state title in 2002.

And Pilcher had a message for Welsh after that win.

 Ed Pilcher said. "I made a point and I said coach guys like you. You are great for high school football. He really was. Those guys they loved it. They loved working with kids. That was his life. He didn't have any hobbies."

Luther Welsh retired at Thomson after 19 seasons last year.

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