Alton Ray Wells

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July 23, 1942 ~ May 21, 2024

Born in: Vashti, Texas
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Alton Ray Wells passed from his earthly home on the morning of Tuesday, May 21st, 2024, at the age of 81 and entered his heavenly home to meet his Father’s call. Al was born July 23, 1942, in Vashti, TX to Christian and Florence Wells. Vashti was a little town that had a center pole with family name signs pointing in the direction of where they lived. Al had 4 siblings: Loy, Ina, Milam, and Norman.

After high school graduation, he bounced around looking for a place to settle. He finally left Lubbock with some friends and his wife, Tammy, and their three children: Glenn, Don, and Laurie. They ended up moving to Arlington. He went to work for Piggly Wiggly in the warehouse. After a time, he left there to obtain his real estate license. Afterwards, he spent more than forty years opening his own business listing and selling homes, remodeling, and reselling them as well. In April 1974, he lost his wife Tammy. In 1976, Al married his wife Elaine who was a widow with two children: Janette and Andrea. In 1980, Al joined First Baptist Church, Arlington.

Al was an avid tennis player and in his younger years, he played doubles at Arlington Tennis Association. More recently at the age of 81, he played in the FBCA Boomer Ministry Tuesday Night Tennis League and had a blast. He said he lost his serve but always enjoyed being included until he broke his hip. He helped at Mission Arlington religiously for over twenty years between school supplies, building bicycles, a pickup route, and so much more. He wanted to be a good role model to all the children and share all the positivity that he could to bring the light of the Lord and his teachings to them.

Al was a great father and grandfather who took the time and care to nurture those relationships and make everyone around him feel special. He would always have a dad joke or two to share with us and just crack up at himself for being so funny! When it came to the grandkids, he especially liked to play store, fishing in his tank on Roosevelt, watching all the school and sporting events, rollerblading and hot dogs and let’s not forget, the fabulous Fourth of July fireworks, legal or not. He always had a smile on his face and kind words to share. He will forever be loved and never forgotten until we see you again.


Public Viewing: May 27, 2024 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Funeral Service: May 28, 2024 11:00 am

First Baptist Church Arlington
301 S. Center St.
Arlington, TX 76010

(817) 277-6353

Interment: May 28, 2024 2:00 pm

Moore Memorial Gardens
1219 North Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76012

(817) 275-2711

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  1. Al was my School Supply Buddy for I guess around 15 or more years. My favorite memory is of the wooden ramp he built to slide the crates of school supplies down the steps at the upstairs room on Oak Street. The kids loved it and would try to slide themselves down, too. For so many years Al and I teamed up, sometimes with help, sometimes not. He was a faithful servant of the Lord. He loaded and carried out thousands of bags of supplies, filling the orders for all the Bible Groups and the public over those many years. Our team adored him for his hard work and his delightful attitude, but gentle spirit. We were blessed beyond words to have known him. He is undoubtedly with our Lord now. He is the lucky one. I send my sincerest condolences to Elaine and his kids. I know you will miss him. He’ll be waiting for each one of you to join him in your time. He loved you dearly.

  2. Dear Laurie, I am so sorry for your loss of a wonderful, loving father. He truly lived life well. Thank you for a great 4th year in school for my Ellie girl. I hope it went well for you too. I know it’s difficult when you have parents who are in ill health. God bless you and your family. Linda Bradley

  3. Wishing your family peace and serenity with the passing of Alton, our prayers are with you during this challenging time.

  4. Al will be missed by the group of us who had the pleasure of playing tennis with him on Tuesday evenings. Al always praised those around him and treated all who played with kindness. His legacy will be remembered by all those who knew him.

  5. I will always remember Al as a wonderful grandfather to my children. He took the time to play with them, and call them every week when they were across the miles. One of my fondest memories is of Al playing Barbie’s with Lauren when she was 3 years old. His laugh at and with the children was very endearing and the pure joy of both of them playing always touched my heart. Another memory I hold dear is seeing Al and Matthew (2 at the time) on a plastic bike one foot off the ground and Al’s knees almost touching his elbows, steaming down the road laughing at a million miles an hour.
    He was always present when he was with you, wise, caring, and had a heart of gold. He’ll be dearly missed by family and friends.

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