J. Willis Wells(1914 - 2012)

J. Willis Wells

Chestertown, MD—J. WILLIS WELLS, 98 of Chestertown, MD, died October 7, 2012 in University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

Mr. Wells was born on September 5, 1914 in Pittsville, MD, son of the late William Howard and Mary Farlow Wells. He was raised in Pittsville where is grandfather, father and mother all held funeral director licenses, operating the local funeral establishment. After graduating from Pittsville High School in 1932 he traveled to Philadelphia and enrolled in Eckel's Mortuary College graduating in 1935. In 1938 he took a position with the recently widowed Mrs. Jesse Usilton in Chestertown where he began his career as a young Funeral Director continuing for over 60 years of dedicated service to his community. Mr. Wells also achieved certification from Wilmer Eye Institute to perform eye enucleations.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Iola Hollinger Wells in 2004, a daughter, Deborah Orr in July of 2012 and 3 sisters, Gladys Wilkerson, Elizabeth Rayne and Lura Shockley.

Mr. Wells is survived by his daughters, Bonnie Gatton and her husband Ron of Trappe, MD, and Iola 'Sis' J-W Wells of Chestertown; their ½ brother, Don Hollinger of Easton, MD; son-in-law, Duane Orr of Worton, MD; a granddaughter, Katie Clark and her husband Rodney, grandson, David Gatton and his wife Amy; 2 great-grandchildren, Caleb Clark and Emily Gatton and several nieces and nephews, Billy Rayne, Brenda Seward, Mary Beth Calloway, Jeannie Kay Bowman and Robert Rayne all of Pittsville.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 11 from 5 to 8 pm in the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St. Galena, MD, with Masonic service at 7 pm and Elks service to follow. Funeral service will be held on Friday, October 12 at 1 pm in St. Paul's Parish, Kent, 2579 Sandy Bottom Rd., Chestertown, MD, where burial will follow in adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to the Kent & Queen Anne's Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 126, Chestertown, MD. 21620 or Chestertown Vol. Fire Co. P.O. Box 296, Chestertown, MD. 21620


Funeral Home

Galena Funeral Home
118 West Cross Street Galena, MD 21635
(410) 648-5338

Published in The Daily Times on Oct. 11, 2012