James Morris Wells passed away on January 6, 2017, in Waxahachie, Texas. James was born on July 18, 1938, in Cleburne, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Esli Wells and Margaret C. Wells of Teague, Texas. He is survived by his sister, Linda McMichael, his two sons, David S. Wells, wife Debbie, and Taylor Wells, wife Josefina. He loved his grandchildren, Angela, Annie, Will, and Sheldon.

James was an All-State Basketball player in 1956 while attending Teague High School. This recognition earned him a scholarship to play sports at Texas A&M where he played football under Bear Bryant for part of a season until he suffered an injury ending his college football days. He then transferred to Sam Houston State to play basketball and finish with his Bachelor’s Degree.

After college, he joined the Army. He served as a lieutenant in the Missile Artillery during the Cuban Missile Crisis and set up mobile missile batteries in the Florida Everglades during that period. Once the mission was completed he was responsible for coordinating troop transport back home.

He had a steady business career working for the United Way here in Texas and then California. He returned to Texas to work with the Texas Public Schools and the Region VI office based in Huntsville, Texas where he finished his career and retired.

He had a love of sailing and spent many an afternoon on Clear Lake and in Galveston Bay on his daysailers in the 70’s. In later years, he became an active marathon runner and competed in several races at the age of 42 and beyond. He could always be seen running the wooded roads of Elkins Lake with his Black Lab, “Modo,” for hours at a time and in later years he would walk those same roads.

He was an avid reader and in later years became quite the movie-goer and enjoyed the silver screen. He was a steady supporter of public radio and television.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, visit www.alz.org.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 W. Main St.. Waxahachie, 75165.