Kenneth “Ken” Bert Wells passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at the age of 53, due to cancer.
Ken was born on March 8, 1968, in Newport, Arkansas, to Dorothy “Cookie” Wells and the late Bert Wells. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Janie. He joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school in 1986, and later retired from the Naval Reserves in 2009. Ken was employed by ABB, Inc. as a Sr. Field Engineer where he worked at the Evergreen Packaging plant in Canton for the past 25 years. He loved being outdoors and riding his Goldwing motorcycle through the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains. Ken enjoyed drinking his coffee and often was referred to as a “coffee snob.” He adored and loved spending time with his four grandchildren who were the light of his life. Ken remained best friends with his U.S.S. Saratoga shipmate, Joseph K. Hall (Teresa), forming a friendship that has lasted for over 30 years. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit.
Ken is survived by his wife of 30 years, Tracy Wells; his two children, Valeri Herring (Michael) and Dustin Wells (Sarah); mother, Dorothy (Cookie) Wells; sister, Nina Goza (Sam); brother, Roy; four grandchildren, Peyton Herring, Molly Wells, Preston Herring and Ellie Wells; brother-in-law, Wes Fulghum (Trenna); several cousins; nieces; a nephew; a great-niece; and of course, his dog “Homie.”
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, at Powell Funeral Home in Bald Knob, Arkansas with his son, Pastor Dustin Wells, officiating. Burial will follow at Carters Cemetery in Russell, Arkansas, with military honors. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. There will also be a memorial service from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Wells Event & Reception Center in Waynesville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Glioblastoma Foundation, Inc., 33512 Lochora Parkway, Durham, NC 27705 or American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615, in his memory.