Mary Elizabeth Oakes Wells

                    December 6, 1929  -  February 10, 2009

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Danville, VA - Mary Elizabeth “Sue” Oakes Wells, 79, of 15633 Franklin Tpke, Dry Fork, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at her residence. Born December 6, 1929 in the Swansonville community of Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of the late Mary Curtis Barbour Oakes and John Tildon Oakes. She was married to James Alvin Wells on October 2, 1948 and he preceded her in death July 8, 1984. She retired in 1995 from Dan River Inc. after working there for 35 years in the 8A Inspection Department. She attended Whitmell Farm Life School until 1947 and was a faithful member of the Swansonville Pentecostal Holiness Church for many years.

She is survived by two daughters, Lorraine W. Holley and husband, Frank, and Connie W. Hardy and three sons, Jimmy Wells and wife, Anita, Melvin Wells and wife, Elaine and Bobby Wells, and a sister, Virginia O. Holley, all of Dry Fork. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Angela Fulk, Kevin Hill, Brian Dockery,Charity Paduano, Chris Wells and Jeffrey Wells and nine great-grandchildren, J. W. Fulk, Rena Fulk, John Fulk, Sirerra Hill, Kayla Hill, Alissa Hill, Bailey Wells, Caleb Wells and Alexis Paduano.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by one brother, Landon “Billy” Oakes.

Funeral service will be held Friday, February 13, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Swansonville Pentecostal Holiness Church, Dry Fork with Rev. Mike Hearp and Rev. Joe M. Beck officiating. Interment will be in the Boaze family cemetery on Franklin Tpke.

Family will receive friends Thursday, February 12, 2009 at Swansonville Pentecostal Holiness Church from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and at other times will be at the residence of Virginia Holley, 15601 Franklin Tpke, Dry Fork, VA.

In lieu of flowers, family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to the Tunstall Volunteer Fire Dept., 740 Tunstall High School Road, Dry Fork,VA 24549, Swansonville Pentecostal Holiness Church Building Fund, 16300 Mt. Cross Rd., Dry Fork, VA, 24549 or Commonwealth Home Nursing and Hospice, 159 Executive Drive, Danville, VA 2454l.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc., and Crematory, Danville is serving the Wells family.

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Born: December 6, 1929

Death: February 10, 2009

This memorial provided by:
Driskill Funeral Chapel
Amherst, VA