Richard Emory Wells was born on March 31, 1927 in Jones County, Gray, Georgia to his loving parents Austin Gaines Wells (April 26, 1894-March 19, 1975) and Willie Inez Solomon Wells (March 29, 1899-Janurary 5, 1974). The second oldest, he was the sole survivor of his siblings. The family moved to Junction City when he was a very young child.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army on Aug. 6, 1945. He served his basic training at Ft. Leavenworth. After completion of basic training he was deployed to serve his country in Germany during WWII. He earned an Honorable Discharge on Dec. 16, 1946. He received the Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal for his Service.
He was educated in the public schools in Junction City and graduated from Junction City Junior and Senior High School on May 18, 1945. He attended Kansas Wesleyan College in Salina. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & History from the West Virginia State College on May 27, 1951.
While matriculating at West Virginia State College he met and soon fell in love with his wife of 48 years Betty Jean Fulmore Wells (August 22, 1999). They married on January 20, 1951. They have five children: Jeanene Yvette Wells (March 10, 2008); Jeanese Yvonee Wells; Austin Harrison Wells; Beatrice RiCarda Wells-Brown (Husband-Keith Brown); Richelle Wells.
After graduation from College he was once again drafted into the U.S. Army. This time he was deployed to serve his County in the Korean War. During his service he was wounded in action on March 23, 1953 and was awarded the Purple Heart among other Honors. After his second Honorable Discharge he continued to serve in the United States Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain. He was there awarded a Letter of Commendation for superior performance of duty. During his service he was also awarded the Victory Medal; the National Defense Service Medal and Two Overseas Service Bars. He retired from the Reserve’s in 1984.
At a young age he ran a paper route in Junction City. After Military Service he worked for Hubbard Construction Company. In 1965 he began working for the U.S. Postal Service. He was promoted to Supervisor and was the first Black Supervisor in the Orlando Area. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1987.
On May 26, 1938 he was awarded certification as a Boy Scout Second Class in the Quivira District Boy Scouts of America. He was a life time Member of the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Horse Calvary. He was a generous contributor to many charities and local causes.
He was a devoted family man and the true patriarch of the Wells family. He always took every opportunity to converse with and visit his siblings, all of whom he sorely missed as they all preceded him. Consuelo “Connie” Curley (July 1, 2016) Husband- Albert Curley Sr., deceased; Raymond Wells (April 24, 2006) Wife- Dorothy Wells, Junction City; Inez Aurelia Hannon (February 12, 2004) Husband- Kenneth Hannon, deceased.
He had 8 Grandchildren- Dionne Blackmon; Eric Blackmon (Tyrese); Jolonda Blackmon; Beatrice Maynard (Brian); Richard Thomas (Hallie). K Tyrone Brown; Kyle A. Brown; Aurelia E. Brown.
11 Great Grandchildren- Je’Dion Dumas; Jeffery “Deuce” Dumas; Eric Charles Blackmon; Vaughn Stevens; Destin Grullon; Talen Thomas; Neviah Thomas; Zaria Thomas; Lily; Maynard; Rachel Maynard; RileyAnne Audree Brown.
Nieces and Nephew- Albert Curley Jr. (Susan), Alexander and Albert Curly III; Rita Scott(William) (both deceased); Marc Scott (Linda), Madison; Michael Scott (Rachel)-Jordan, Jasmine, Justic; Andrea Scott; Richard Joseph Wells; Stephen Matthew Wells; Donald Paul Wells (Kimberly)- David Michael Allen, Jason Austin Alexander, Christopher Ian Matthews; Anne Wiseman- Savannah; Stella Norman- Kylie, Khloe.
On the afternoon of Sept. 6, 2019, after a blessed life, well lived of 92 years, he took off mortality and transitioned into immortality. He was a believer in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. He is resting right now in the Kingdom of Heaven. He’s absent from his body and present with The Lord.