Dr. James W. Wells
Dr. J.W. Wells
Dies At Age 81
Funeral Friday For Prominent Physician and Community Leader. Dr. James W. Wells
of Waltonville died at 2:10 a.m. today at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon
of a heart attack. He was 81 years of age. His funeral will be held Friday afternoon
at Fry's Chapel in Waltonville, at 2 o'clock.
Dr. Wells was a prominent figure in community life of Waltonville and Jefferson county
for many years. He was the first mayor of Waltonville, served on the town board a number
of terms, and was a member of the Board of Education of the Waltonville grade school for
several terms. He also served as a member of the Jefferson county board and was Supervisor
from Bald Hill township at the time the new Jefferson county court house was built.
Dr. Wells was born in Waltonville January 27, 1879, the son of John and Laura A. (Bravard)
Wells. He was married in 1912 to Bertha Blanche Hartley, who died in 1914. In 1918 he was
married to Melissa Ann Kirkpatrick, who survives. Also surviving are one son, Dr. Charles K. Wells
of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, Mrs. W. Carl Allen of Rantoul, Mrs. Knox Hirons of Waltonville,
and Capt. Helen Wells of Minneapolis, and Air Force nurse; one sister, Mrs. Bertha Eater of
Mt. Vernon, and five grandchildren.
Dr. Wells attended Ewing College and Barnes Medical College at St. Louis. He served in
World War I with the Medical Corps. He was a member of the American Medical Association,
the Illinois State Medical Society and the Jefferson - Hamilton Medical Society. He had
been honored with membership in the 50 year club of the state society. Dr. Wells was a
member of the medical staff of Good Samaritan Hospital and was an advisor to the Jefferson
County Department of Public Welfare. He was also a member of the Modern Woodmen and the Masons.
His funeral will be conducted by the Rev. N. D. Motzer of Mt. Vernon and the Rev. T. A. Shafer,
pastor of the Methodist church of Waltonville. Burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery north of
Waltonville. The body will lie in state at the Fry chapel after 3 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services
for Dr. James W. Wells will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium in Waltonville.
Dr. Wells, a prominent doctor and community leader in Jefferson county, died at 2:10 a.m.
yesterday at Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 81. Funeral services were at First planned
at Fry's Chapel in Waltonville but were changed to the school gym so more of his many friends
could attend the service. At noon Friday the body will be taken to the gymnasium to lie in state
until the funeral hour. Until that time friends may call at the Fry Chapel.
Submitted by: Cindy Ford