James Garland Wells

April 22, 1947 - December 30, 2012
James Garland Wells


James Garland Wells, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 30, 2012.

Garland was born in Wayne County on April 22, 1947 to the late Floyd Garland Wells and Etta Marie Turnage Wells of Goldsboro.

Garland was a retired veteran. He was a true “entrepreneur”, had a special personality that will always be remembered and a multitude of talents that included being a master storyteller and a fantastic cook. He was also a devoted fisherman and outdoors man. Garland dearly loved his children, his grandchildren and his dogs. He will be especially remembered for how much he cherished his friends.

A service remembering Garland will be held Saturday, January 5, 2012, at 2 pm at Heart of David Ministries, 202 S. Church St., Eureka, NC 27830.

Garland is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Wells Culbreth of Wilmington, NC and Sissy Wells Burke of Princeton, NC, his four grandchildren, Megan and DJ Culbreth and Joshua and Ivey Burke, former step-daughter, Beth Tew. He is also survived by his beloved dogs, Dixie and Rebel.

He was proceeded in death by one of his best friends, Bobby Smith and we believe they are together now, hunting and fishing, getting the “BIG ONE”.

Memorials may be made to the Heart of David Ministries at the above address.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • January 18, 2013
    Kim Stone says:
    I just heard of Garlands passing. My deepest sympathies go out to the family & friends. He will truly be missed. He was a very special person & friend. My heart is breaking. I love you Garland! R.I.P. my dear friend <3

  • January 24, 2021
    Wayne Williams says:
    I was a very good friend to Garland when we were in our 20's. So many good memories of friendship. We called each other good friends. I'll see you again...