ELM CITY — Jasper Thomas Wells died on Oct. 11, 2021, after a series of strokes. He was born June 3, 1925, in Elm City, North Carolina, to Lettie Pearl Winstead Wells and James Raymond Wells.
Thomas was preceded in death by his loving and dedicated wife, Linda, his sister Carolyn and brother Raymond. He is survived by his two sons, Al and wife, Jan, of Richland, Washington; granddaughter, Karin Hilgert and husband, Brian; great-grandchildren, Zac, Abby and Daniel Hilgert of Benton City, Washington; son, Joe and wife, Wanda, of Raleigh; grandsons, Aaron Wells and fiance, Tana, of Siler City, North Carolina, Stuart Wells of Seattle, Washington; and many special nieces, nephews and cousins.
Thomas joined the U.S. Navy when he was 17. He served on the aircraft carriers USS Bunker Hill, USS Wasp and USS Bon Homme Richard in the Pacific area and was discharged, as an aviation ordnanceman second class, on his birthday in 1946. He was a graduate of Atlantic Christian College.
Thomas married Linda Vines Bynum on his birthday in 1950, and they lived in Elm City and Pinetops prior to transferring with Carolina Telephone and Telegraph in 1960 to Henderson. Henderson was their home for 57 years before they moved to the Sunrise of Raleigh senior community in 2017.
Thomas was a loving, caring, gentleman who enjoyed giving himself to help others and will be remembered for his “How can I help you?” community spirit. He was dedicated to serving in many roles with the First Presbyterian Church, donating gallons of blood and platelets, Boy Scouts, Lions Club and the American Red Cross. After retiring, he volunteered with the ARC. He served with his local Vance County chapter and the disaster response team, traveling all over the country for a month at a time, performing damage assessment and communications support.
The staff at Sunrise of Raleigh provided compassionate support of both Linda and Thomas, and the family is forever grateful. There are many ways to honor Thomas’s memory, by volunteering in our communities, or making a donation to the charity of your choice or to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 726, Henderson NC 27536.
A graveside service is planned for Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Elm City.