A.B. "Amos" WELLS

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WELLS, A.B. "Amos"

died December 21, 2018 in Tampa, FL. He was born March 7, 1915 in Sycamore, GA (Turner County). He moved with his parents in 1920 to Avon Park, FL where he grew to adulthood. In 1928 he became a "printer's devil" which meant he did all the low end jobs in the Avon Park newspaper. This initial work experience set the paradigm for his adult employment which stretched across several newspapers in mid-Florida during the 1930s and 1940s culminating in 36 years as a linotype operator for the Tampa Tribune. Mr. Wells married Lesley King of Inverness, FL in 1937 and together they raised three children, Rodney, W.H., and Twila, in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa. Lesley, W.H., and Twila all preceded Mr. Wells in death. Rod Wells survives and lives in Tennessee. Seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive. On October 27, 1977 Mr. Wells married Katherine Burke of Tampa. They spent 32 years of retirement in the Hyde Park area of Tampa together. Kathy died in November 2008. Mr. Wells was a charter member of the High Twelve Lodge in Tampa, and in 2005 was recognized for 55 years of continuous membership. Mr. Wells was also proud of his 60 years continuous membership in the International Typographical Union. Mr. Wells was a member of Palma Ceia Baptist Church and attended regularly until his health forced him to stop driving when he was 101 years old. A graveside celebration of life will be held January 15, 2019, 1:30 pm, at the Garden of Memories in Tampa.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Jan. 6 to Jan. 13, 2019