Garland Edwin Wells Sr.

Garland Edwin Wells Sr. of Brazoria passed away Aug. 22, 2013 at the age of 93. Mr. Wells was born Feb. 3, 1920 in Mexia, to Zelma Hughes Wells and James Edwin Wells.
In addition to his parents, Garland was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Faye Wells in 2008; a grandson, Joel David Wells; and two sisters, Nell Copeland (Luther) and Lucy Cooksey (L.C.).
He is survived by his sons, Garland E. Wells Jr. (Speedy) and wife, Nelva, Jerry L. Wells and wife, Jeannie, and Dennis E. Wells, and wife, Janet; his half-brother, Jim Wells and wife Candis; half-sister, Linda Keeton and husband Stan; cousin, Durwood Kennedy; special sister-in-law, Martha Cox; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
After graduation from Mexia High School, Garland married Eleanor Faye Cox in 1939 and soon moved to Brazoria County where he briefly worked for Dow and later managed an independent oil lease in West Columbia. He ventured in several businesses and owned Wells Cleaners and Wells Distinctive Clothes in Lake Jackson until 1975. He then worked in construction until his retirement. During retirement he worked as a “Park Host” for the Corps of Engineers. His favorite things included raising his children and supporting their activities. He enjoyed travel, camping, telling old stories, flying airplanes as a private pilot and spending time with friends and family. He was an active supporter of the Brazoswood Booster Club and followed the Buccaneer football program. During the 25th anniversary celebration of Lake Jackson, Garland was chosen Mr. Lake Jackson.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Mike Wells, Allen Wells, Willie Wells, Mark Wells, Timmy Wells, and Mark Stevenson. Honorary pallbearers are Kimberly (Kay Kay) Wells Stevenson and Jerrod Wells.
Visitation for friends and family will be held at the Baker Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Funeral services to celebrate Garland’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at First Baptist Church, West Columbia with Pastor Ryan Lintelman officiating. Burial will follow in the Columbia Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Texas Home Health, the Hospice Care Team of Lake Jackson and part-time caregiver Marty Melendez.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the West Columbia First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Services are under the direction of Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia. Online condolences may be left for the family by signing the guestbook at