Born Jan. 17, 1944, in Newburg, he was the son of the late Robert P. and the late Margaret B. Wells.
He was educated in the Charles County public school system and was a lifelong resident of the county. Throughout his life he held various positions including that of a waterman, laborer, seawall builder and his final position since 1995 was with Charles County Public Facilities where he was respected and well-liked.
He was truly a family man wanting nothing more than for the whole family to be together. He was married to Pauline E. Wells until her death in October 1988. Out of this union five children were born. In February 1997 he married his second wife, Mary B. Wells, becoming father to her two children. Out of this union one child was born.
He was a well-rounded man with many interests. He loved family gatherings, fishing, horseshoes, remodeling, gardening, softball games at the Elks Home and cleaning the church cemetery. One of his favorite expressions was ‘‘huh, boy I tell you, you trifling.”
In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by his children, Carrol, Pauline, Latonya, Lutitia, Benson, Deron, Mann, and Delvan; grandchildren, Cheneka, Juwan, Caneasha, Kalip, Cameron, Shontia, Charles, Robert, Benson Jr., Javonte, Shyies, Deron Jr., Shaquita, D.J., Shauquita, Devonta, and Devon; great-grandchildren, Doniesha, Tyreke, Tyrazz, Malik and Malaia; loved like sons, Calvin Thomas and Chris Fowler; loved like daughters, Annette Briscoe, and Joyce Dickens; daughters-in-law, Tyies, Debbie and Stephanie; sisters, Annie Mae Hemsley, Mary Ford, Margaret Tyler, Paulette Thomas, Elaine Johnson, Joan Wells, Mary Wells, Sheila Wells, and Alice Thomas; brothers, James and Joseph Wells; loved like a brother, Joe Whiting; brothers-in-law, Peter Tyler, James R. Thomas, Jr., Oynaks Johnson, Vincent Thomas, Russell and Robert Holton and Wallace Thomas; sisters-in-law, Alfreda Wells, Mazie Butler and Joyce Thomas; uncle, James Barnes; aunts, Betty Barnes, Margaret Powell, and Dorothy Wells; godson, Preston; and other relatives.
Visitation was held April 24 at Shiloh Community Methodist Church, Newburg. Burial will take place at the church cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Thornton Funeral Home, Pomonkey.