Len Thomas Wells, a resident of the Liberty Grove Community on Route 2, Rockwall (mail RFD, but lived in Dallas County) died at 4 a. m. July 28th in a Dallas hospital. He was 78 years of age.
Mr. Wells was born in the Liberty Grove Community and was a retired farmer. He was unmarried. He became a member of the Church of Christ in early life.
Services were held Saturday, July 30th at 2 p. m. in the Cottonwood Church of Christ in the liberty Grove Community, with Mac LeFan, minister, officiating. He was assisted by Fred Bandy of Dallas. Interment was in Cottonwood Cemetery, with Royse City Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Homer Foster, Albert Harrison, Lester Wells, G. W. Foster, Ted Wells, Gail Pelton, Herman Pelton, and Tom Pelton. Survivors include two brothers, Matt Wells of Liberty Grove, and Luner Wells of Bells, Texas. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by both parents, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters.
Note: Len Thomas Wells was born at Elm Grove, Texas July 6, 1882. He died at Liberty Grove (Elm Grove and Liberty later became known as Liberty Grove) on July 27, 1960. Len was the son of James and Elizabeth J. Houston Wells. I was told that his mother brought her children to the Elm Grove area in a covered wagon sometime around 1892. It is not known if their father was still living when this family arrived at Elm Grove.
Len didn’t have much in the way of worldly possessions, but he did have a fiddle, which he valued greatly. He played fiddle and his brother Matt played guitar. I have often wondered what happen to that old fiddle. It would be worth a fortune today.
Obituary from unknown newspaper. Photo, about 1960 and comments by Jim Foster.