Walter Lee Wells

Wednesday, January 20, 1943 - Sunday, June 17, 2018

Much Loved

Photo of Walter Lee Wells  - 1943-2018

Waynesville- Walter Lee Wells, age 75, a man much loved by all who knew him, passed away June 17, 2018 at The Elizabeth House, Four Seasons Compassion for Life in Flat Rock, following an extended illness.

Walter was a native of Cherokee County, North Carolina and was the son of the late Margaret Fox Cantrell and the late Carl Bascombe Wells. He is survived by several cousins in Western North Carolina and South Carolina and also many friends that loved him dearly.

For the past thirty- four years Walter had been a resident of Haywood County. He had resided at the ARC of Haywood County’s Solitary Meadow Group Home in Waynesville and worked at Haywood Vocational Opportunities.

Walter was a member of Pinnacle Church in Canton and was much loved by his church family. He had participated in many community activities, including Special Olympics.

Walter will be missed by his many friends for his happy demeanor, infectious laugh and outgoing personality.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4:00 pm Monday, June 25, 2018 at Pinnacle Church, 101 Fibreville Road in Canton.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in Walter's memory may be made to hospice: Four Seasons Foundation, 221 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or made on the Foundation website at

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Wells family.    

Condolences from family and friends


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I was President of the ARC when Walter came to Haywood County. He could not talk at that time, but a few words. He called me Mama. A blessed soul. I have many special memories of those years. Another Angel in Heaven.
Juanita Dixon
So sad you are no longer with us but I know you are in a much better place than us! You are truly loved and will be missed greatly by all of us! Love you Walt! Not good by but till we meet again buddy!
Kathy Deaver
You will be greatly missed dear Walt!!
Lea Davis
To my Walter who touched my life in a tremendous way...I love you and will cherish every memory with you each day. Your laughter and life will ever echo within the walls of HVO. God has welcomed you into your eternal home where I am sure the coffee is always brewed fresh and the pennies are always shiny and new! Thank you for sharing your life with me! You are loved!
Sherry Saams
From the time I learned that Walter had metastatic melanoma I knew that he would handle this as happily as he could. Unable to really understand what was happening to his body, he found pleasure in playing with his pennies, cups of coffee, and the many friends he had. He blessed many lives.
Carol Cothern
Walter will be missed by everyone. My prayers are with you guys.
Judy Rogers
I knew Walter when I worked at HVO many years ago. Such a sweet man! I have never forgotten him and never will. My sincere sympathy to his family and friends. I know you will all miss him! Mary Milner
Mary Milner
Walter I will truly miss you and your sweet infectious laugh,you were a man of many word,s that only those who knew you could understand,I will always cherish the memories of having the chance to work with you at the group home.You taught me many things about how a person deserves respect and dignity by all whom are lucky enough to have served you.I will love and miss you until we meet again.Dutya Walt. Love Micki
Just yesterday I thought I heard Walter's laugh while shopping... I have very many fond memories of working at Solitary Meadow and HVO with Walter. I love you Mr. Wells until we meet again.
Renee Connolly
The world has lost a kind soul who was loved by many. I will never forget Walter asking our dear friend Mary Anne Freeman to walk with him at the Haywood County Special Olympics years ago. It was held inside that year due to rain. He wasn’t going to do it without her. She loved him so much also. Prayers for all who have been touched by Walter. He was a good soul and now has a perfect body in Heaven.
Beverly Gaddis
Every time they had pizza at Hvo he would always say pizza party. When I would go to church with him he be waiting on his coffe.
Aaron Hoefs
Walter will be greatly missed.
Blue Ridge Healthcare on the Mountain
My brother Dayle was a resident at Solitary meadow and that's where I met Walt. I am so sorry to hear he has left us. He was a great funny guy and his endless enthusiasm for life will always be remembered. He and my brother were big coffee hounds and Walt would often bring me a cup when I visited at Solitary. Blessings Walt and I'm glad that I was able to know you.
Sylvia Isherwood