Russell H. (Piggy) Wells
Russell Hoyt Wells, 87 of Gainesville, Ga., died on July 30, 2020. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2020, at Concord Baptist Church Cemetery, Clermont, Ga., Dr. Levi Skipper will officiate the service.
Russell was born April 17, 1933, in Clarkston, Ga. to the late Fay L. Wells, Sr. and Annie Hall Wells. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife and high school sweetheart Katherine Helms Wells, son John Russell (Rusty) Wells, and daughter Gwendolyn VanStavern. He was the second child born of seven children, all but two have preceded him in death, Edmond Wells, Shirley Hooker, Charles Jerry (Country) Wells, and Fay L. Wells, Jr. Russell is survived by his son Robert (Bobby) Wells, grandchildren Eric Bennett, Jesse Wells, Zach Wells, Amanda Crumbo, Jeremy Wells, and Neil Kirkes, greatgrandchildren Savannah Wells and Knox Crumbo. Surviving siblings are brother Lamar Wells (Jean) and sister Betty Howard (Bob), and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In 1952 Russell graduated from Roosevelt High School in Atlanta where he was voted Most Athletic in his senior year, He played football, basketball, baseball, and track. The day after graduation he married his high school sweetheart Katherine and they shared over six decades together, Together they served, sang in the choir, and taught at Lakeview Baptist Church. He also was a Veteran having served three years in the National Guard.
Russell retired from ADT after 36 1/2 years of dedicated service. After moving from Ellenwood, Ga. to Gainesville he enjoyed gardening (especially his beautiful roses), fishing, cooking delicious meals, canning and making preserves, jellies and pickles. He participated in the Olympics and was an active faithful member of Concord Baptist Church serving friends, family, and neighbors with a huge loving heart. Piggy was loved by everyone who met him and his golden loving smile and hospitality will be greatly missed.