Joe Burke "Buddy" Wells – June 1, 2011

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.

0 Replies to “Joe Burke "Buddy" Wells – June 1, 2011”

  1. Dear Breece, Burkely, and Whitney, My family and I send our deepest sympathy to each of you over the recent loss of your precious Father! What a great husband, Dad, and Grand Dad! What a fine gentleman, entrepreneur, and citizen! My favorite memory of your Dad was his gift of hospitality and his deep interest in others! I loved how he always asked questions and truly wanted to know all about his children’s friends! He truly loved life and loved his family with great devotion! Your parents were such a dear couple – a team! Buddy Wells was a character with charm and whit! Whenever I was in your parents home there was always fun and laughter which made for the best memories of all. Your Mom and Dad’s greatest legacy lives on in their 3 beautiful daughters, Breece, Burkely, and Whitney and their 7 amazing grandchildren, Wells, Noble, Jenny, Lucy Jane, Burke, Mack and Joe! He must be especially proud to have 3 namesakes!
    All my love and sympathy, Julia S. Coffman

  2. What a privelege it was for us to care for and love Buddy. He was a joy to be around and we miss him already. We’re so happy he had the chance to be closer to family for a while. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family.
    Barbara Simms
    Director of Social Services
    Ware LIving Center

  3. To Breece, Whitney and Burkely: I share the sorrow of the loss of your Father…and my dear friend. The memory of Buddy will always bring a smile…a good, caring man and my “golf partner”
    My love, thoughts and prayers are with you…

  4. Burkely
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I too lost my dad just a couple of years ago. We were very close and I miss him very much. I will be thinking of you and your family during this time. I know you all will have lots of wonderful memories to share. God Bless. Linda

  5. Breece, Burkely and Whitney I am so sorry for your loss. Working for your Dad for many years I was blessed to get to watch each of you grow and the love all of you had for your Dad and the love he had for each of you. There will be times in remembering that you will laugh, you will cry, you will have anger, but share with your children the many memories you are blessed to have from both your Mom and Dad. Keep them alive in your hearts with the memories.
    God’s blessings to each of you and your families.
    Love, Brenda

  6. To Burkley,Breece,and Whitney and all your families. Buddy was very proud of all his (girls). He loved each and everyone of you and all the grand children. I’m sure going to miss his sense of humor (Krucheve meeting) and he was a good political animal,like me. Sorry for all our loss,but know he’s up there with Brenda haveing fun !!!!!!!!!!! God Bless you all. Love ,John

  7. Hello,
    So sorry for your loss. We are related through your grandfather Joe Lloyd Wells who is my Grandmother Burkella Wells’ brother. There were several occasions when we met as second cousins during family events.
    I have few but fond memories of Buddy. My mother Ann Ochsner Sahm talked of her cousin often.
    Bob and Ruth Sahm
    of Leander, Texas (near Austin)

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