At the end of the day, when we say our last good byes, we really all want the same thing. We don’t want to sing our own praises, but we want others to say:” You made a difference. You enriched our lives and made this place a better place to be. We also want our creator to say: “Well done my faithful servant.”
Jerry was known by many, loved by those who really knew him, and a friend to the Tennessee Walking Horse. He knew the importance of family and had that special relationship with his wife that he both respected and adored. Seldom could you talk to Jerry without him bursting with pride over his children, pets, & horses. And while I don’t know his other children…. There was Jenny. At the sound of her name his eyes lit up and you did not have to ask if she was a “daddy’s girl.”
When Walking Horse Club Ky first started, Jerry contacted me to let me know that one of our videos was being used by the Anti Padded people. Jerry loved watching the padded horses and Walking Horse Club Ky was right down his alley. When we first met, his technical skills were not all that strong but believe me he was not going to let technology leave him behind. He was smart enough to realize that the internet and technology were a great means to accomplishing many of his goals.
Many of you knew Jerry because of Fair & Balanced T.W.H. Chat. I have to stop right now and thank my Lucky Stars for Fair & Balanced because it gave me a venue to promote my new adventure and for that I will always be thankful to Jerry.
For those of you that knew him well, we did not agree on everything. But, he always stood strong for what he believed in and his heart and passion were never in question. His love, devotion, and passion for the performance horse was immeasurable. The great thing about Jerry is, he did not just talk about it. He took action.
When I look back and see all of the correspondence that Jerry and I had on Private messages, It warms my heart because It reminds me of all the “good” that Jerry was doing. Through Fair and Balanced he was rolling with the times and making changes. I would like to take this time to at least acknowledge that All of the people that assisted Jerry in that venture were very much appreciated by Jerry and all of us. It allowed the venue to grow, adapt, and evolve to what it is today.
We never know who we are going to meet tomorrow, but I cherish every moment that was spent with Jerry. He was a great example for every husband, father, brother, or friend. His relationship with the lord and willingness to share it with me is probably what I will remember the most.
My last visit with Jerry was at the 2017 Celebration. I was thinking about Jerry throughout the week but had not made it to his box. It was something that I new I had to do but really had a bit of anxiety over. It is easy to talk to friends when they are healthy, but of course, that was not the case.
I looked up, while I was videoing all the people that were visiting with Honors and getting Gary to sign autographs, and their was Jenny. She softly said to me, “Jerry would love to see you and he is right over there.”
We talked about the horse show a bit and then he said something I will never forget. He told me that the hardest thing is not being able to do what he could do just one year ago. He assured me that he had everything in good order and that his greatest concern was for Gina. What was so amazing about the conversation is that he made me feel at ease and anyone could see that he had great peace even though walking and talking were a chore.
At the end of the day, we all want to know that we have made a difference on earth and that when we get home we will be met by our Lord who says, “Well done my Faithful Servant.”
Below you can view the arrangements for Jerry.
JERRY M. WELLS, 76
JERRY MATTHEW WELLS age 76 of Crossville, TN passed away January 3, 2018. He was born April 28, 1941 in Middletown, OH the son Willard and Hattie Keith Wells.
He is survived by his wife- Gina Wells of Crossville, TN, sons- Terry Wells and his wife Peggy of Springboro, OH, Mark Wells and his wife Magdalena of West Milton, OH, Jeremy Spears of San Antonio, TX, Matthew Scott Wells and his wife Elise of San Antonio, TX, Christopher Jacob Wells of Jerome, ID and Ian Wells of Crossville, TN, daughters- Jennifer Funk and her husband Jim of Middletown, OH, Nicole Johnson and her husband Paul of Louisville, TN and Sarah Carroll and her partner Jesse Masters of Eugene, OR and many special grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister- Sharon Lawson.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday January 7, 2018 at 5pm at Hood Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 4-5pm one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family has respectfully asked that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the family.