I awoke this morning and, checking my Facebook, learned that my Uncle Paul Jennings Wells, of Wirtz, Va., had passed away due to illness, early on the morning of May 29, a few weeks after his 81st birthday.
He was the 2nd child, and oldest son, of the 2nd marriage (to William Wells) of a woman born Iva Daugherty of Owensboro, Ky.
Navy vet, thrice hitched, twice un-hitched, the father of 7 kids (5 of them girls) and the human companion to many cats, dogs and birds over a lifetime, he lived in Ky., Ca., Va. and elsewhere, working many different jobs, including many proud years at Lanterman Hospital for the Developmentally Disabled, in Pomona, Ca.
He was a complex man, no denying that; A man of faith, with a peculiar, sometimes off-color, sense of humor and was a creative storyteller, with a deep singing voice that was awesome, among other attributes good and not so good. When I say complex the fact he spent the last years of his life living close to and re-connecting with, the children of his first 2 marriages barely scratches the surface.