Judge G. Edward Welmaker was born in Greenville, South Carolina on December 12, 1945. He is the son of the late John Gordon Welmaker and Martha Virginia Welmaker.
Judge Welmaker grew up in Easley, where he attended public schools. After graduating from Easley High School, he attended the University of South Carolina, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Two years later, he received his Juris Doctor under the combined degree program. Upon graduation from the University of South Carolina School of Law and admission to the South Carolina Bar, he went into the United States Air Force in December, 1970, as a Judge Advocate General (JAG). After separating from active duty with the Air Force in 1974, he remained in the active reserves, serving as a JAG officer at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina, until 1996.
In 1974, Judge Welmaker entered the private general practice of law in Pickens in a partnership with the present United States District Judge Henry F. Floyd. He continued in the private general practice of law until elected as circuit court judge. Over the years, he was attorney for the County of Pickens and the City of Easley. Judge Welmaker has been admitted to practice in all Courts of South Carolina, as well as the Western Federal District Court of Louisiana, United States Court of Military Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. On February 27, 2004, Judge Welmaker was qualified as Resident Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina.
Married in 1968 to the former Barbara Edmonds, they continue to reside in Easley. They are the proud parents of two children, Jed P. Welmaker and Erin W. Johnson. They enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren. The Welmakers are members of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley.
In his spare time, Judge Welmaker enjoys pick-up basketball games, hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, running (at a much slower pace than before), travel, and watching baseball.