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1161 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ridgeland, MS

OBITUARY

Stennis Earl Wells

April 24, 1968April 1, 2015
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Stennis Earl Wells, 46, of Jackson, died suddenly and unexpectedly in his home Wednesday evening.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Ridgway Wells, daughters Allison Santa-Cruz, 12, and Elizabeth Ridgway Wells, 6, all of Jackson; brother, Samuel Mack Wells, sister-in-law Mary Yates Wells, nieces Charlotte Rae Wells and Laura Kay Wells, all of Clarksville, MD; and his nephew Jeremy Cole Hayes of Portland, OR.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace Eugene Wells and Mary Elizabeth Chisholm Wells; his sister, Susan Wells Hays, and his first wife, Christina Loret de Mola Wells.

A lifelong resident of Mississippi, Stennis was born in Jackson and spent his childhood in both Jackson and Brandon. He transferred from Brandon Academy to Jackson Academy in eighth grade, where he remained throughout high school and from which he graduated in 1987. Some of his fondest memories were of his years at Jackson Academy, where he excelled in both football and baseball. He was proud to have been a part of the teams that won the AAA championships in baseball in 1985 and 1986.

He continued to play baseball at the college level, graduating from Millsaps College in 1991.

For nearly 20 years, he enjoyed a career as a sales executive for major pharmaceutical and medical device companies, most recently with Intuitive Surgical, before retiring in 2008 to devote more time to his family. The untimely loss of both his parents and his first wife shaped Stennis’ priorities, and he was committed to being a devoted husband and a “hands-on” father. He cherished every moment of his years with Mildred, Allison and Elizabeth, and they were among his happiest. He was both fiercely proud and protective of them.

Stennis was an avid outdoorsman and hunter who not only enjoyed hunting deer, turkey and ducks, but also had a deep respect for all wildlife, nature and the outdoors. He was a mentor to young hunters and had a unique rapport with kids, all of whom thought he was the “coolest.” He was an equally fervent sports fan, with a broad, almost encyclopedic, knowledge of sports facts and figures. He loved college football, thought the SEC was undoubtedly the strongest conference in the land, and was a long-suffering fan of both the Ole Miss Rebels and the New Orleans Saints. He thoroughly enjoyed getting to see both of his teams enjoy some long-overdue success.

Visitation begins Monday, Apr. 6, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, followed immediately by the memorial service at 11:00.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the University of Mississippi Gyn Oncology Fund or the MS Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 6, 2015
  • Memorial Service Monday, April 6, 2015

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Monica Scott

April 17, 2015

Words cannot describe the loss of Stennis and the impact he had on so many friends, family and our boys who played baseball with his nephew Jeremy. There are so many memories I will always cherish of watching the boys look up to Stennis, one being my son Michael. This family has always felt like family to me. My heart hurts for his wife and daughters who are left to go on without him. Just know he is watching over all his loved ones from Heaven above. God bless this family.

April 6, 2015

I would like to offer my deepest condolences for your loss. May your family find peace and comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be gone for this has been promised.

Kristen and Sam Temple

April 6, 2015

We are praying for you and your girls. We are so saddened by your loss. We pray that God will bring you strength and peace in the coming days.

Joey Hibbert

April 6, 2015

To the family of Stennis Wells:
I only heard of Stennis' passing this morning. He and I attended Belhaven together and were a part of the baseball team. I had not seen him in a few years; however, I distinctly remember seeing him at a local restaurant and he informed me that his wife had just given birth to a new daughter. He radiated with happiness.

Stennis and I also coached a 13/14 year old baseball team together back in the early 1990's. He and I made many fond memories together. May the peace of Christ fill your spirits in your loss and his life be a witness of the love of our Savior. Stennis will be missed by many.

Anita Hemphill

April 6, 2015

We are so saddened for your family and pray that in the days ahead that God will surround you through friends and family with his infinite love and comfort you with your sweet memories.
God bless your family.

Katie Veenstra (Kyle)

April 6, 2015

I am so truly sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers. Love you Dr. Ridgway.

PAULA STEWART

April 6, 2015

I remember everyone of the childhood pictures ......He was always the sweet one :-). My heart is crushed for the loss of this family . He adored you all so much . God will carry you through these very hard times and Stennis will be looking over you every second. Know that you will be in our constant prayers.
Much love , Paula

Sara Marshall

April 6, 2015

Stennis' mother was my first cousin. I only saw him a few times, and he seem like a really great guy. I am so sorry for your loss and pray God will bless your family.

Angie McManus

April 5, 2015

Stennis was one of the kindest people I have ever known. He will be missed by many. God be with his family through this most difficult time. God bless you Stennis.

Lewis Tyner

April 5, 2015

I am so sorry and sad for Mildred, Allison, Elizabeth, Sam and Jeremy. My heart hurts for you all. Stennis was the best friend a guy could ever have.
I've seen and experienced some awful things and some great times with Stennis. And I can say you all have made him a very happy guy. From the first time I met him, he has never been happier till he met Mildred and became a father of Allison and then Elizabeth. Ever since then he has been so happy and very proud of you all. I am very happy he had all of you.
He was a great role model and friend to my son. I used him as a guest coach when I coached youth baseball. Every kid he came in contact with listened, respected and learned from him.
I thank God for putting Stennis in my life, and for the next 20 years of friendship. He had a huge heart and could so often be a voice of reason.
If anyone ever left a great impact on us it was Stennis.
A great man!

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