DUFFIELD, Va. — Verbena Angelea Wells, age 83, went to be with her dear Lord and Savior early Tuesday morning, August 30, 2011, at Bristol Regional Hospital.
She was born April 12, 1928, in Duffield, VA, the daughter of Brad and Elizabeth (Mosley) Harrold. She was a graduate of Rye Cove High School. Angelea was married to her beloved husband, Carson Kelly Wells, who preceded her in death in 1983.
Interested in a career, she interviewed with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and was hired as the first female agent in the area in 1964. She went on to win many sales awards before retiring with MetLife.
After the death of her husband, she became a sales consultant with Lady Love cosmetics and health products company, a position she held until her death.
Until sickness slowed her down toward the end of her life, she was known as an active and outgoing “people” person. It truly can be said of her that she never met a stranger. Another attribute everyone points out was her tremendous capacity to love and her desire to share the Good News of Christ with everyone she met. No doubt there are persons in heaven today because of her witnessing.
At one time, she served as a volunteer with the Bristol (VA) prison ministry, working with female inmates through Bible study and personal prayer. She was a member of Brick Church in Rye Cove for more than 60 years, where she served many terms as church clerk.
One of the highlights of her life was touring several countries in Europe with her son, Jack, and his family, while he was stationed in Spain with the U.S. Air Force. However, she often recounted that she wanted to kiss the ground when she got back on American soil because she realized even more how blessed we are in this country.
Angelea cherished the privilege of effecting change through political action and was a long-standing member of the Scott County Republican Party, serving as a delegate to the state convention and working many years at the polls. She also served several years on the board of directors of the Rural Area Development Authority (RADA). She had many interests, but especially enjoyed her colorful summer flowers.
She is survived by two sons, Jackie Bruce Wells (Jayne), of Cary, NC, and Sammy Lee Wells (Cathy), of Johnson City, and foster son, James C. McDavid (Ella Mae), of Kingsport; two daughters, Brenda Ellen Foster (Keith), of Bristol, TN, and Debbie Ann Good (Scott), of Bluff City, TN; grandchildren, Brian Kelly Wells, of Oak Creek, WI, Stuart Michael Wells (Suzanne), of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Sammy Lee Wells II, of Kingsport, Chad Matthew Wells, of Kingsport, Tehri Elizabeth Kellie Roberts (Sam), of Nashville, and Victoria Grace “Tori” Good, of Bluff City; two brothers, Audley McCoy Bishop, of Kingsport, and Sidney Frank Bishop (Esta), of Sulphur, LA.
Besides her husband and parents, Angelea was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Earl Bishop and Paul Eugene Bishop; and four sisters, Bradley June Bledsoe Durham, Winifred Helen Miller, Josie Estella Moore and Nancy Margaret Allen.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm on Friday, September 2, 2011, at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, VA.
Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Jerry Hickman and Rev. Joe Hill, officiating. Music will be provided by the family.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2011, at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA.
The family would like to thank the many wonderful caregivers and others who have given such loving care and kindness to Angelea over the past couple of years. A special thank you to Dr. Lesley Jones for nearly 20 years of attentive care and compassion. Also, the family is grateful to wonderful neighbors and church family.
You may send online condolences to the family by visiting www.scottcountyfh.com.
Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is serving the Wells family.