Funeral services were held for Gloria Jean Estes Wells, 79, of Lucedale on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Davis Chapel United Methodist Church in Moss Point.
Interment followed in Davis Chapel Cemetery in Moss Point with Rev. Willie Hill Jr. officiating the services.
A 1958 graduate of Oak Grove High School in Lucedale, the first African American to work retail in a department store in Lucedale, a former piano teacher to some of the youth in the neighborhood and a member of Davis Chapel United Methodist Church in Moss Point where she served as pianist, she died June 3. She was born March 2, 1940. She loved the piano and loved playing for the church and singing in the choir.
She is survived by her son Reginald (Tina) Wells; daughters Sonya Harris and Marilyn Davis; loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Bobbie Jean, Ethel (James) Holland and Carrie; sisters-in-law Essie Bell, Willie Mae, Edith and Addie Wells; lifelong childhood friend Shirley Phillips; special friends Alma Beverly, Dora McIntyre, Janet Wells, cousin Deloris Biggs, Helen Jones, cousins Viola and Flossie Lawrence; and special babies Denise Carter and Rev. Sylvia Peoples.
She was preceded in death by her husband Sam Wells, son Semmie Wells, stepsons Sam Jr. and John Henry, stepdaughter Mary Nichols, parents Alfonza and Ethel Marie Estes, brother Alfonza “Bud” Jr. and sisters Rena Mae and Mary Evelyn.
Pallbearers included Samuel DeWayne Wells, Larry Darnell Wells, Horace Nix Jr., Robert Dortch, Carvis Wells, Kelvin Harris and Michael Wells. Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons and nephews.
Cowan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.