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Dereck Arlington "Coco" (Adderley) Wells (1956 - 2012)

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Funeral service for Dereck Arlington "Coco" Wells (Adderley), 56 yrs., a resident of Ridgeland Park West, who died on 8th July, 2012, will be held at Trinity City of Praise, Tonique Williams Darling Highway, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Apostle Edward Watson & other Minister of the Gospel. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

The 11th day of May, 1956 was a joyous day for Mrs. Florence Wells as she gave birth to her bouncing baby boy. She named him Dereck Arlington. He spent the first two years of his life at the family residence on Fourth Street, Coconut Grove before moving to the family's permanent homestead on Durham Street West, Centerville. He always had a special closeness to his mother because they shared the same birth month of May.

Dereck was an outgoing, friendly child, with an inquisitive twinkle in his eyes. He loved being outdoors and he was a very street-smart and determined person. He had an amazing ability to mix and flow with whatever situation he encountered. Along with his easy-going personality, he had a very loving spirit. He was very popular and made many friends easily within and beyond the Centerville neighbourhood where he grew up and at the schools he attended. After leaving Southern Junior School, he attended D.W. Davis Jr. High and C.C. Sweeting High School. He was a renowned athlete in junior and senior high schools, winning the 100 yard dash with ease.

In his late teens, Dereck moved to Freeport where his two sisters and a brother were already living. He applied himself to many jobs including rental scooters, restaurants and bars before becoming a taxi driver which he did for many years. His friendly disposition enabled him to make many long term friends and relationships with colleagues and customers. It was during his Freeport years that his friends gave him the nickname "Coco".

In 1980, he married the former Judith Wildgoose of Grand Bahama, and their union was blessed with two children, Dereck Derell and Dereka Angelique. Dereck also had a daughter, Tonia, from a previous relationship, who grew up with his mother in the Durham Street homestead. Dereck loved his children and did his best to take care of them. He recently stood as father giver for his daughter Derecka.

In 2007, Dereck moved back to Nassau and continued his occupation as a tour bus and taxi driver. In September 2010, he endured a stroke and was hospitalized, but he recovered and, with his characteristic determination, he took a job as a security guard with the CDM Security Service, working at the ZNS transmitter tower. Once again, Dereck developed close and lasting friendships with his colleagues and worked their shifts whenever they called.

On Monday, July 2nd, 2012 Dereck became ill at home and was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital by ambulance. He was diagnosed with having a stroke and was admitted onto the ward for treatment. His condition deteriorated by Wednesday and he was stabilized, but on Sunday, July 8th at 7:05 am, Dereck calmly slipped away from earth to eternity to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May his loving soul rest in peace.

He was pre-deceased by his mother Florence Wells and father Mervin Adderley.
Left to mourn and cherish his memories are: his wife Judith Wells; Children: Tonia Dionne Jones of Massachusetts, Dereck Derell Wells and Dereka Angelique Wells-Dames; Grandchildren: Gabrielle, Joseph and Makailyn Jones of Massachusetts; Brothers: Willis Harts, Sidney and Carlton Adderley; Sisters: Jacquelyn Dean, Laura Smith and Elsie Moxey of Freeport; Other brothers and sisters including: Blake, Oliver, Michael, Pastor Kenneth, Trevor, Rev. Angelo and Raymond Adderley, Anthony Roberts, Ideana Burrows, Marge Ferguson, Rose Thompson, Yvonne Dendy, Willadale Granger, Ingrid Kerr, Myrtle Smith, Angela Jones, Georgina Saunders, Paulette Zonicle, Tonia Burrows, Gilda and Iris Adderley; Aunt: Rowena Rolle of Rolle Town Exuma. Son-in-law: Randall Dames; Sisters-in-law: Keva, Daphne and Bernadette Adderley; Leta Wildgoose, Ann Burrows, Cheryl Darville and Nell Russell; Brothers-in-law: Roland, David, Joel, Rudolph and Jetson Wildgoose; Nieces: Cheryl Strachan, Pamela Lowe, Tammika Butler, Jan Miller, Deidre Taylor, Darshelle Freeman, Laverne Bethel, Joy Armbrister, Karen Rowland, Dominique and Tanya Thompson, Monica Fox, Julie, Linda, Paula and Natches Harts, Jonelle, Kaylisa and Kennisha Adderley, Dorothea Brown and Elaine Lightbourne; Nephews: Alfred and Sidney Harts, Percy Sweeting, Stephen, Terrance, Ricardo and Valentino Wells, Anthony and Dwayne Thompson, Romando Russell, Tre, Kyle, Rodney, Cruz and Creflo Adderley; A host of other relatives and friends including: a devoted friend, Andrea Deveaux, the Deveaux family, Shane Garvey, Pastor H.A. Roach and family, Pastor Karol Roach and family, Brenda Dames, Coralee Lightbourne, Valerie Mullings, Sharon Ferguson, Frank Roach Jr., Ena Thompson, Stephanie Delancy, Luther and Wendall Rolle of Exuma, Arthur Braynen family, Leona and Adelma Roach, Daphne Evans, Ashley and Afton Deveaux, CDM Security Company, Philip Hilton, Godfrey "Pro" Pinder, Aker Strachan, Paul "Redneck" McKinney, Paul Bastian, Beulah, Rudolph and Eddie Cooper, Alphonso Rolle, Lowell Laing, the Valley Boys, "The Blocks Family" and the entire Centerville Community.

Published in The Nassau Guardian on July 12, 2012
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