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Celebration of Life

First Baptist Church
Thursday February 27th, 2020

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Ed Wells

J. Edward (Ed) Wells




J. Edward (Ed) Wells of Laurens, South Carolina, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 24, 2020, surrounded by family.


Born in North Augusta, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Ed Miller Wells and Julia Mae McKie Wells.


Ed graduated from North Augusta High School. He was a Presbyterian College graduate and while in college he was president of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Ed graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law with a JD degree. After practicing law in Laurens, Ed transitioned into banking and spent the remainder of his career as president of Heritage Federal.


The way Ed lived his life reflected his priorities of faith and family. He was a member of First Baptist Church Laurens, where he served as deacon and trustee. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Ed treasured his family and embraced every moment spent with them. His unconditional love and compassion left an indelible mark on each of their lives.


Ed will be remembered for his witty sense of humor that often caught you off guard and always left you laughing. Every life he touched has a story to tell. He will also be remembered for his integrity and his gifts of patience and optimism. He enjoyed the time he spent at the beach as well as motorcycling, golfing, and playing tennis, where he formed long-lasting friendships.


He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sylvia Wasson Wells, and two daughters, Sonya Wells Croker of Laurens and husband, Todd Croker and Sheri Wells Fleeman of Asheville and husband, Kirk Fleeman. He was lovingly known as Papa to six grandchildren: Sara Kalyn Croker, Wells Catherine Croker, Patton Edward Croker, Avery Alexandria Fleeman, Ali-Grace King Fleeman, and Anna Camille Fleeman. He is survived by a sister, Doris Wells Goley, of North Augusta and husband, Richard Goley, and a brother-in-law, David Wasson, of Hickory Tavern and wife, Ann Wasson.


The family would like to thank our doctor, the staff and church family of First Baptist Church, and friends for their support over the past few years.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at First Baptist Church of Laurens conducted by Rev. Rickey Letson and Dr. Bev T. Kennedy, Jr.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service. A burial will be held at Friendship Presbyterian Church.


Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 West Main Street, Laurens, SC 29360 or online at www.fbclaurens.org or to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 110 Dillon Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307 or online at www.hpcfoundation.org.


Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.


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Dear Sylvia, Im thinking of you during this sad time. Although its been many years since Ive seen you, I remember our PC connection and the bond that it creates. Having experienced the deaths of Mike Jarrett (1992) and John Brown (2019), I know that the loss of your husband is devastating. Ed was always such a gentleman! My prayers are with you and your family. May peace and love abound in your lives.

Judy Bolton Jarrett (Brown), Class of 1963
Columbia, SC

Judy Bolton Jarrett Mar 19 2020 12:00 AM

Sylvia and family; So sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Have fond memories of Him and your family, and will always remember his sense of humor. Ed will be greatly missed. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

Diane Lollis Black Feb 28 2020 12:00 AM

Sylvia, I am saddened by Your loss. I am praying for your piece that only the Lord can give.

Matthew George Feb 27 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ed Wells

Michelle Wright Feb 27 2020 12:00 AM

This was one fine gentleman

Gerald Abercrombie Feb 26 2020 12:00 AM

Ed gave me my career start and always took interest in me. I will always be indebted to Ed. He was a good man and will be missed.

Scott Barker Feb 26 2020 12:00 AM

You have my deepest sympathies. He loved his family. I was fortunate he hired me and I spent many wonderful years under his guiding hand. I both loved and respected Ed

Amie Hellams Feb 26 2020 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a classic example of a gentleman. I extend my deepest sympathy to the family.

Sadie McGowan Feb 26 2020 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I would like to extend my sympathy to the Wells family. Although I have not seen or talked with Ed for a long period of time, I will always cherish the friendship and good times that we shared when we were younger.

David Leapard Feb 26 2020 12:00 AM

RIP Ed, from growing up on a dairy farm to riding his Triumph Bonneville to Florida as a teenager, he lived a full life. Sympathies to the families! John Wasson, Seabrook Is.S. C.

John Wasson Feb 26 2020 12:00 AM

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