February 13, 2004
BENJAMIN M. WELLS
HAMPTON – Benjamin M. (Mack) Wells, 68, of Hampton was given eternal peace by God on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004.
Mack was born in Richmond and moved to Phoebus at age 11, where he was immensely proud to live the remainder of his life. He graduated from Hampton High School and received an Associate Degree in Fire Science from TNCC in 1977.
A 50-year member of the Phoebus Volunteer Fire Company, he retired in 1991 as a Captain in the Hampton Fire Department after 30 years of loyal and devoted service.
Mack is survived by his dedicated wife of 42 years, Shirley C. Wells to whom he was much loved and devoted. Also surviving are his two sons, Carlton A. Wells and his wife, Cassandra, Eric M. Wells and his wife, Angela; his four daughters, Anita C. Charnock and her husband, William, Tammy C. Hannum and her husband, Craig, all of Hampton, Vera C. Parrish and her husband, James, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Juanita C. Fritzler and her husband, David, of Belhaven, N.C.; grandchildren, Laura Charnock, Brandon, Aaron and Katie Fritzler, Megan and Wiley Parrish, Elizabeth, Joey, Adrian and Jacob Wells, Stephanie, Dylan and Brenden Wells and two great-grandchildren, Samantha and Maria Fritzler.
He was preceded in death by his first son, Robert Macklin Wells, brothers, Eric, Robert and Kenneth Wells and his sister, Evelyn Monk.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Friday in R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. William R. Kyle Jr. officiating. Burial with Fireman’s Last Rites will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.
The family requests that memorials be in the form of contributions to the Phoebus Fire Company, S. Hope Street, Hampton, 23663 or the American Cancer Society, 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News 23606.