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Plant Pathologist Wells Dies

Jay Wells appears in a 1963 extension program on WUNC-TV.

J.C. “Jay” Wells, an extension plant pathologist for 33 years, died Nov. 10 in Greenville, N.C. He was 92.

After retiring from NC State, Wells worked for Kalamazoo Spice Co. as a consultant and traveled the world as a research scientist. He was a longtime member of Ephesus Baptist Church in Raleigh, where he served as a deacon. After moving to Greenville, he joined Arlington Boulevard Baptist Church.

Wells is survived by his wife of 72 years, Eloise Wells, of Greenville; two daughters, Barbara Wade (Jesse) of Pamlico Beach and Melinda Howell (Gary) of Merrill, Wisc.; and two sisters, Mary Prine (Gordon) of Gainesville, Fla. and Doris Goodwin of Americus, Ga. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday Nov. 14, at Ephesus Baptist Church, 6767 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6:30–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Farmer Funeral Service, 109 2nd St., Ayden, N.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Arlington Boulevard Baptist Church or Ephesus Baptist Church.

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