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Don E. Wells

Don E. Wells, 86 of Laurel, Mississippi, died Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at his home. He was born Friday, December 30, 1932 in Mineral Wells, Texas.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM at the Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Laurel in Laurel, Mississippi. Funeral Services will follow at 2:30 PM in the chapel. Burial will follow in Lake Park Hills Cemetery. Rev. Matt Olson will officiate. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (601) 649-3342.

Don served in the United States Army from 1953-1955. After his service time he returned to TX and met Louise Abernathie in Jacksboro, TX and married on June 5, 1957. While in TX he served in the volunteer fire department handing out food baskets and Christmas stockings to his community. In May 1972, he transferred with Halliburton to Laurel, MS with his wife and 3 children. Don retired from Halliburton Energy Services after 32 years of service as Assistant Division Manager. Don was an active Hardee’s Coffee Club cooker and coffee drinker. Don was a past Director of the Mississippi Oilman’s tournament. Don was an active MS sports supporter loving his MSU Bulldogs and his grandson’s baseball games. Don loved to hunt, fish, play golf, and fly his model airplanes. He was active in his community and church helping with fund raisers, Shriners and security guard at First Baptist Church of Sharon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Wells and his parents Willard and Thelma Wells.
Survivors include sons Bobby Max Wells of Laurel, MS and Greg (Sharon) Wells of Mobile, AL and daughter Susan Hedgepeth of Laurel, MS. Grandsons Derek (Chelsie) Loper of Knoxville, TN and Brett Wells of Laurel, MS. Also survived by his brother in law Jimmy (Gloria) Abernathie and sister in law Judy Abernathie.

Pallbearers will be Derek Loper, Brett Wells, David Ainsworth, Bud Herring, Kyle McDonald, and Rob Abernathie.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ken McDonald, Paul Sumrall, Collette Ishee, Gus Townsend and the Hardee’s Coffee Group.
In lieu of flower family request donations to the American Cancer Society or the local Animal Rescue League.
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Don E. Wells
December 30, 1932 - October 3, 2019




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