Joe Burke Wells, known as “Buddy” to many of his friends, passed away June 1st after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 80 years old.
Born on October 26th, 1930 in Amarillo, Texas, the son of Edyth Seewald and Joe Lloyd Wells, both also born in Amarillo. He grew up in Amarillo and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, before being called home to attend the family business after his father’s passing. In 1962, he met and married Brenda Breece, of New Albany, Indiana, a 48 year union which produced three devoted daughters, before her untimely death in 2009.
His love of fun and people, and his devotion to his friends, lots of whom he grew up with, is one of the many things friends and family will remember about him. An accomplished athlete, at the age of 34, he took up the game of golf, at which he excelled. He took great pleasure in competing in tournaments with his friends, and in the occasional game of chance.
A strong, independent and intelligent man, he forged a successful career as a land developer and independent oil and gas investor. An entrepreneurial spirit, he is remembered by business associates and friends as, above all, a man of integrity and strongly held beliefs. He was also a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo.
A devoted family man, Buddy is survived by his loving younger sister, Alice Hill and brother-in-law, Don Hill of Sherman, Connecticut, and his three daughters and their husbands, Breece and Dub Adams of Austin, Texas, Burkely and Tim Herbert of Houston, Texas and Whitney and Mark Giles of Dallas, Texas. He has two granddaughters, Jenny Lynch Adams and Lucy Jane Herbert; and five grandsons, Joe “Wells” Adams, William Noble Adams, Jr., Hamilton “Burke” Herbert, Mack Allen Giles, and “Joe” Wells Giles; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family is also very grateful to Phyllis Enloe, a dear family friend, and John Sawyer, his eldest nephew, for all of their constant love and care. And, a special thank you to Sandy Battenfield for her devoted service and love to both Brenda and Buddy in their final years. And finally, his many, many wonderful friends at the Ware Living Center.
A memorial celebration will be held privately on Sunday Evening, June 12th, in the Palo Duro Canyon and a graveside interment at Llano Cemetery on Monday morning, June 13th at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of choice; or in the spirit of Buddy’s passion for politics and love of his country, a donation to any candidate with the potential to replace our current administration.