OBITUARY

Carol G. Wells

February 25, 1925March 11, 2021
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Carol G. Wells, 96, of Cary, N.C., died March 11, 2021.

A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary. Visitation will begin proceedings at 1:15 p.m.

Carol Wells was born Feb. 25, 1925, at Livia, Ky., the son of the late Otho W. Wells and Bessie O. Wells. He was preceded in death by brothers Hugh Curtis Wells, Dean W. Wells, Adrian L. Wells and Kenton Wells and sister Laura W. Barnett.

Surviving is his wife of 64 years, Gladys H. Wells. Also surviving are son David E. Wells and his wife, Tracy P. Wells, and a grandson, Gabriel D. Wells, all of Wallingford, CT. Other survivors are sisters Eulah May Deane and Marjorie Ray Welborn in Kentucky as well as many nieces and nephews.

Carol Wells grew up on a farm near Utica, Ky. After graduating from Calhoun High School in 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a sergeant while serving in England and Germany during and after World War II. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in agriculture from Western Kentucky State College and taught fellow veterans in the on-farm training program. He then went to the University of Kentucky, studying for and receiving a degree in agronomy. He followed that by earning a PhD at the University of Wisconsin in soil sciences. This led to a 30-year career in the U.S. Forest Service at Research Triangle Park, N.C., where he did studies on reforestation and the loblolly pine and had a hand in authoring many books.

He was a founding member of Cary’s Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, serving as deacon, Sunday School teacher and in various other ways. After retirement, he volunteered at Dorcas Ministries for more than 20 years. Pleasure in his work overflowed into gardening with Gladys, growing vegetables, flowers and shrubbery around their home. Fishing, woodworking, genealogy and golf – highlighted by a hole in one -- were other favorite hobbies.

Services

  • Memorial Celebration

    Sunday, May 23, 2021

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Ron Tschopp

March 16, 2021

Dear Gladys, David and Family,
We just received word of Carol's passing from Gerry Arner and we wanted to express our sincere condolences. We have such sweet memories of those early days on Washington Street, young families with swarms of youngsters who we all came to know, watch out for and to love. Carol was a very special guy who shared so much of his many interests and learning with the kids in a way that they enjoyed and looked forward to. Also The Town of Cary benefited from his huge heart for giving and his different volunteering was significent. May the memories you've stored in your hearts be a comfort and keep your Carol just a smile or a thought away. With love and prayers, Ron and Eileen Tschopp

Bill and Lois Brown

March 16, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gladys and David and family. Carol was the epitome of a kind and caring Christian human being. He was our friend and we will sorely miss him. Lois and Bill Brown

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Dad and Gabe. Fast friends.

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Dad and Gabe. Gardening buddies.

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Dad and his youngest brother, Kenton

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Wells family reunion, 2005

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Gladys Wells, Gabe Wells, Tracy Wells and Carol Wells. Gabe tells us that he and granddad agreed to made funny faces for this one.

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Dad and Gabe. Fast friends.

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Dad and Gabe. Gardening buddies.

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Dad and his youngest brother, Kenton

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Wells family reunion, 2005

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Gladys Wells, Gabe Wells, Tracy Wells and Carol Wells. Gabe tells us that he and granddad agreed to made funny faces for this one.

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Barry Pennell, David Wells and Carol Wells. Before we all had a par round.

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Carol Wells and his 'glowing' bride Glady Wells.