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Gene Wells, 79, of Russell, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017, in King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.
Mr. Wells was born Nov. 10, 1937, in Portsmouth, Ohio; a son of the late Charlie and Geneva Honaker Wells. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David D. Wells; and one grandson, Austin James "AJ" Wells.
He was a 1955 C/O Clerk/Engineer, BLE 271 Brotherhood of Local Engineers, Air Break Supervisor, Former Greenup County Bailiff, President of Russell Lions Club, Fireman for the Russell Fire Department, Youngest Fire Chief in the state of Kentucky in 1956, President of Civic League, Kentucky Colonial, Member of the Elks, U.S. Army Veteran stationed in Fort Knox, member and Trustee at Meade Memorial Methodist Church in Russell, a church he dearly loved. He took an Honor Flight in October of 2016 to Washington D.C. for veterans, built the Russell Carwash formally known as "Rigwell". He was a Kentucky Sports Fan and enjoyed watching his grandson Drake play ball.
Mr. Wells is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis Nolan Wells; two sons, David Wells of Ironton, Ohio and Rusty (Debbie) Wells of Russell; two daughters, Jane Wells of Portland, Ore., and Beth (Mike) Sexton of Ashland; 11 grandchildren, Jason Wells, Josie Wells, Erica Jane Edison, Megan Wells, William N. Wells, Meredith (Lee) Dickens, Kristen Sexton, Tanner Sexton, Drake Wells, Adia Wells, Cash Wells; two great-grandchildren, Liam Dickens and Halley Grace Wells; one sister-in-law, Janie Wells; one nephew, Scotty Wells; one uncle, JR Honaker; and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods. Burial will be in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery NE in Greenup.
Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 12, 2017
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