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Avery Lee Wells, age 69


Avery Lee Wells was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on February 11, 1955, to Emmett and Clay V Wells.

Avery, known by “Wells’ to many, graduated high school and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1974. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was 2A671B- Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman’s, in which Wells inspected, maintained, modified, tested, and repaired propellers, turboprops and turbo shafts engines, jet engines, small gas turbine engines, and engine ground support equipment. He also managed aerospace propulsion functions and activities.

Wells was a proud member of the US Airforce for over 24 years, with Duty Stations including Rhein Main Air Force in Frankfurt, Germany; Whiteman Airforce Base in Knob Noster, Missouri; Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and finally, Little Rock Airforce Base, in Jacksonville Arkansas. Wells enjoyed building cars. His dream and latest desire was to build one last car with a souped-up engine, only his failing health wouldn’t allow him to fulfill that dream.

Wells was preceded in death by his loving parents, his two daughters LaTonya Lashelle Wells, and Tamika Shevelle Wells, both of Jacksonville, Arkansas. His brother, Peter Wells, of Shreveport, Louisiana; and his loving and devoted wife, Janice B. Wells of Jacksonville, Arkansas. He was married to Janice since June 13, 1980. Wells was just a simple man, with simple needs, and he had a heart of gold.

Wells leaves to cherish his memory, a son, Bryant D. Wells (Amy) Jacksonville Arkansas, 7 grandchildren, LaTonya Shevelle Fasl, Austin Texas; Amaris Benavidez, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Avery Thomas Wells, Little Rock, Arkansas; Dywai Weems-Wells, Zion Wells, Michaelle Malvin, Gabrielle Malvin, all of Jacksonville, Arkansas; one nephew, Everett Wells, one niece, Shretta Wells, both of Shreveport, Louisiana. His mother-in-law, Pauline Peeples, Elk Grove, CA; Two sisters in law, Clarice Sanders-Hollis (John), Sacramento, CA; and Helen Meeks-Rountree (Ward), Aubrey, Texas; three brothers in law, Larry Sanders (Thelma), Elk Grove, CA; Paul Sanders, Elk Grove, CA; Clarence Sanders Jr., Cumberland, Maryland, and a host of other relatives and friends who loved and respected him and his wonderful loving spirit.

Avery Lee Wells lived a good life and shared it with many people. Thank you Wells. We love you!

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from 10:30-11:30am in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Graveside service will follow at 12:00pm at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Helen Meeks-Rountree Posted April 8, 2024 3:33 PM

    My sweet, sweet brother in law. Oh how I will miss you. Thank you for being a part of my life for the last 44 years. You finally got what you wanted…to be by Janice’s side once again. Kiss her, Mika, and Tonya, and tell them all I miss them dearly. Don’t worry bro, we’ll take great care of the grandchildren you left behind. I promise.

  • Elishama Hubbard Posted April 8, 2024 7:17 PM

    Rip Unc!! Love and miss you. Tell my aunty she truly missed!!

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