Dr. Wilbur Glen Wells
January 14, 1919 - March 6, 2014
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|Funeral services celebrating the life of Dr. Wilbur Glen Wells will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 10, 2014 at the chapel of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria with Reverend Donnie Wilkinson officiating. Visitation will be at Hixson Brothers, Alexandria from 4:00-7:00 PM , Sunday, March 9, 2014. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Dr. Wells, 95, of Alexandria was born on January 14, 1919 in Colfax, Louisiana. The most fortunate families have patriarchs who set a standard that shapes future generations. The patriarch of the Wells family passed away at home on March 6, 2014.
He graduated from LSU and received his MD from LSU Medical School in 1944. After medical school, he served in the US Navy until the end of WWII. Following his discharge from active duty, he practiced general medicine for two years in Magee, Mississippi.
In 1952 he completed residency training at Shreveport Charity Hospital and became board certified by the American Board of Urology. He was recalled to military service in 1953 and served in the US Navy during the Korean War.
Following his service in the Navy, Dr. Wells entered the private practice of Urology in Alexandria where he served his patients for 38 years until his retirement in 1992.
His professional memberships included the Rapides Parish Medical Society, Louisiana State Medical Society, American Urological Association, Southeastern Society of American Urological Society and the Southern Medical Association. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
His appointments and positions included serving as President of the Rapides Parish Medical Society, Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at Tulane Medical School and as Consultant in Urology for the Social Security Administration. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
Dr. Wells was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, Alexandria for over 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Pic Wells. During their 63 years of marriage they raised five children whom they loved very much. Their home on Avenue C was for years the center of neighborhood activity.
During his life, Dr. Wells had many interests. He was an avid sportsman, an experienced traveler, and a loyal supporter of LSU. Many summers were spent on family vacations towing pop-up campers to national parks throughout the country.
During retirement Dr. and Mrs. Wells toured extensively in their motor home and also traveled to many foreign countries.
As a physician, he was a true "healer" in that he was always searching for the best ways to serve his patients’ needs. He came to his patients first as a friend and then as a physician. No one was more respected and loved by staff, hospital personnel and patients than was Dr. Wells. His dedication to the art of healing, to his profession and to his patients was unmatched.
"Wilbur Wells was a kind and gentle man whose calling as a physician fit him perfectly", says Dr. Malcolm Denley, a close personal friend and colleague for more than 50 years. “If a patient needed attention he could find no better person in whom to place his trust than Dr. Wells."
Realizing the power of faith in his life, Dr. Wells set a standard of what a true Christian physician should be. As a grandfather he was held in esteem by his grandchildren and he provided them with a true example of grace and kindness. His thoughtful nature and caring attitude toward his family and friends were a blessing to all.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Bruce Barton, Dr. Wesley Davis and the staff of Rapides Regional Rehabilitation Services who cared for our father.
We also extend a heartfelt thank you to Majorie Kennedy who has been a special member of our family for over 50 years. Your devotion to our family has been a blessing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Pic Wells; son, John Thomas Wells; parents, Samuel Levi Wells and Mildred Long Wells; brother, Sam Wells.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Dr. Wilbur G. Wells, Jr. and wife Penny of Birmingham, Alabama; Dr. Leslie Wells and husband Tom Wheeler of San Diego, CA; Eileen Adkins and husband Mike Adkins of Shreveport, LA; Mary Hathorn and husband Dr. Tom Hathorn of Pineville, LA;
Mark Wells and wife Teresa of Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren: Emily Dykes and husband Chris of Baton Rouge, LA; Julie Adkins of Atlanta, GA; Claire Adkins of Shreveport, LA; Christopher Hathorn and wife Lydia of Montclair, NJ; Michael Hathorn of Dallas, TX; Jonathan Wells of Birmingham, AL; Jessica Davis and husband Chris of Birmingham, AL; Jennifer Wells of Bowling Green, KY; Megan Wells of Chicago, IL; and Anna Wells of Chicago, IL; great grandchildren: Graham Dykes of Baton Rouge, LA; and Patrick Dykes of Baton Rouge, LA; sister, Marjorie Frey of Metairie, LA.
Pallbearers will be Mike Adkins, Christopher Hathorn, Michael Hathorn, Dr. Tom Hathorn, Jonathan Wells and Tom Wheeler. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Malcolm Denley, Dr. Leo Lowentritt, Steve Wells, Ed Ware, and Sam Bridgers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, First United Methodist Church, 2727 Jackson Street. Alexandria, LA 71301 or to American Heart Association, 1412 Centre Court, Ste 412, Alexandria, LA 71301.