Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine St, Columbia, SC


Judy Williams Wells

January 15, 1933November 25, 2019

COLUMBIA - Judith Williams Wells died at home on Monday, November 25, 2019, surrounded by her children. Judy was the daughter of the late Fredrick and Louisa Williams and was born in Florence, SC on January 15, 1933.

Judy attended Catawba College and graduated from USC with a teaching degree. She married Ernest Crosby Lewis, a Columbia attorney and legislator with whom she had two daughters, Lisa LaVelle and Allyson Lee Lewis. After teaching elementary school for many years, she went on as social director and to co-manage the Summit Club, the Capital City Club, and directed the renovation and refurbishment of the USC Faculty House with her long-time business partner, Robert Funderburke. She later married Ames Haltiwanger Wells.

A beloved lady of the city of Columbia, Ms. Wells was known for her great compassion for others, her exquisite taste, joyful spirit and great beauty. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Lisa L. Meyer, Allyson L. Taylor and her son-in-law, Tony Byrne of Columbia; her grandchildren, Charles Andrew Taylor of Nashville, TN, and Judith Grace and Charlotte Catherine Meyer of Charleston SC.

A private memorial service will be held in January around the time of her birthday.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


  • Visitation Friday, November 29, 2019


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Brenda Byrd

December 8, 2019

I remember Judy fondly as a beautiful, charming, strong lady. First with my friendship with Lisa in Junior High and on to being the perfect hostess at The Summit Club and friend of my parents, Lee and Gloria Brinkley and later as Mr. Well's wife at St. Paul's Lutheran. Prayers of Peace and comfort to Lisa, Allyson and family.

Jennis Brown

November 30, 2019

Mrs. Wells was a one is a kind lady. I enjoyed the years I worked for her. From house sitting with her beloved Lulu to just sitting and talking with her. ... Most often she was more concerned about how I was doing.... She will be missed dearly.

Sorrowfully submitted,
Jennis Brown

Barbara Paschal Ratchford

November 28, 2019

To my mutual birthday, long time elegant friend...you will be sorely missed, but long remembered.
Barbara Paschal Ratchford

Joyce Taylor

November 27, 2019

So sorry to hear of Judy's passing. Judy and I were life long friends, growing up on the same block through high school. Although we did not see each other in our later years, I kept up with her through our dear mutual friend, Jean Davis. I know she will be sorely missed by her family and friends. My love and condolences to all. Just cherish the good memories. Joyce and Tom Taylor