Ulysses Joseph “Joe” Wells was born to the late Robert James and Emily Mae (Parish) Wells in Calvert, Texas on August 22, 1936. Later, the family moved to Port Arthur, Texas. He accepted Christ and became a member of Rock Island Baptist Church, where he shared his baritone voice in the choir and taught Sunday School.
Excelling in the classroom and in sports, Joe graduated from Lincoln High School. He attended Prairie View College for two years before he joined the United States Air Force and served four years. After serving his country, he graduated from Paul Quinn College with a Bachelor of Science degree and returned to Port Arthur, Texas to teach at his alma mater.
He later returned to Waco and worked at the Waco Glass Plant until he began working for Waco ISD. Most of his teaching career was spent at G. L. Wiley Middle School, and he retired after thirty –four years of service. He married Harriet Olivia Crockett on June 11, 1994. In his spare time, Joe enjoyed music and drawing. He was also an avid Raiders fan.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 24 years Harriet Wells, sons, Robert “Jamie” Wells, Darius “Lil D” Wells, his precious niece Cassandra “Joy” Williams Purnell, and brother-in law Charles Warner, Sr.
Those left to mourn his memory are his son, Jeffery R.(Cathy) Well of San Bernadino, California; his sisters, Robbie (Willie) Williams of Waco, Texas and Cordelia “CD” Warner of Beaumont, Texas; his brother, Fletcher Wells of Houston, Texas; his very devoted brother-in-law, Willie Williams Sr.; his step-son, Damon Manning of San Francisco; his beloved nieces, Deborah (James) Fails, Cleburne, Texas and Ingrid (Cortier) Armstead of Waco, Texas; his beloved nephews, Rev.Willie Frank (Sharon) Williams, Jr., of Beaumont, Texas, Charles A. (Gloria) Warner, of Beaumont, Texas, and Gregory W. (Yolanda) Williams, Sr., of Red Oak, Texas; and a very special cousin Doris (Honey) Holleman of Dallas, Texas; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.