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Eldred James Wells Sr.

March 1, 1951 ~ November 6, 2021 (age 70)

Obituary

 

Eldred “El” James Wells Sr. was born on March 1, 1951, in Marks, Mississippi. He was called home from his earthly life on Saturday, November 6, 2021. 

Eldred was a strong, hardworking husband, brother, father, and grandfather. He was not only a father to his children; he was dedicated to the support and rearing of his grandchildren. He was consistently “firm yet fair” and will be remembered as a giver to those in need. He liked to crack jokes and it was often clear that he thought he was funnier than others did.

Eldred valued education and achieved Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1975 from Wilberforce University in Ohio. Formerly employed by Stepan Company for 39 years, he enjoyed playing on the softball team; retiring as a Quality Control Supervisor. He had a diversity of interest and served as the President of the Quitman County Gala Association and embraced karate for mental and physical wellness. You could sometimes catch him dancing with one leg to Everyday People, his favorite song by Arrested Development. 

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life with his former wife; Wonda; daughter, Rhonda; son, Eldred Jr; sisters, Mary Lee (Sonny), Sadie, Louise, Tina (Lerue); brothers Leroy (Mary), Linzy, Earnest (Velma); grandchildren, Latif, Audreana, Jaylen, Royce, Amayah; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carrie; father, William Sr.; sisters Jean (Willie), Cathy, Ora Lee; brothers Leo, Glenzo, Glen, Aaron; and grandson Jabbar. 

 

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
November 19, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Minor-Morris Funeral Home, Ltd.
112 Richards Street
Joliet, IL 60433

Visitation
Saturday
November 20, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
1710 Carey Street
Joliet, Illinois 60433

Funeral Service
Saturday
November 20, 2021

10:00 AM
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
1710 Carey Street
Joliet, Illinois 60433

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
November 20, 2021

Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet

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