SHELBY - Lee McBride "Mac" Wells, 89, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born in Cleveland County on June 11, 1924 he was the son of the late Hunter and Lightal Herndon Wells.
He was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church sang in the choir and taught the three-year-old Sunday school class. He was a member of the "Greatest Generation" and fought to protect all the freedoms that we enjoy today. He served in the Navy during WWII
on the U.S.S. New Jersey in the Pacific theater, loading powder into the 16 inch battleship guns that was used during the major battles.
He was the owner and operator of Mac's Shoes Store in Shelby. Mac was very active in the community until the last three years when he became confined to rest homes. Mac was a loving person and a Christian gentleman. He set this example which attracted his friends and customers to him. He loved everyone and enjoyed being with his family, friends and many customers.
In addition to his parents, Mac is preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Hopper Wells; a son, David Wells, Sr.; four sisters, Alton Wells Herndon, Virginia Wells Blalock, Betty Wells Falls and Margaret Wells Wise; and a brother, Jack Wells.
Mac is survived by a daughter-in-law, Melissa Wells; three grandchildren, Lee Wells, Lightal Wells, and Laura Wells; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends one hour before the service in the chapel.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday in the Webb Chapel of First Baptist Church
Officiated by: The Rev. Tony Tench
Burial: Will follow in Sunset Cemetery with Military Honors
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to First Baptist Church, 120 N Lafayette Street, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest registry: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com