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Sally Ann Wells

Sally Ann Jacobs Wells

April 12, 1937-December 18, 2020

Sally Ann Jacobs Wells was born April 12, 1937 in Orange County, Indiana, she passed away peacefully on December 18, 2020 at St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her Father, Glen Martin Jacobs; Mother, Pauline D. Abel Jacobs, and her Brother, Glen Martin “Lefty” Jacobs, Jr.

She is survived by her Husband of 63 years, William (Bill) Max Wells; Sons and Daughters-in-Law, Kevin Mark and Kathy Wells of Franklin, TN; William Martin & Tonya Wells of Lafayette, TN; James Michael and Carol Wells of Lafayette, TN; Granddaughter, Kara Kaye Lewis on Michie, TN; Grandson, Jacob Max Wells of Lafayette, TN; Granddaughter, Sarah Arnwine of Bentonville, AR; Great-Granddaughter, Skyler Wells of Michie, TN; Great-Grandson, Jack Lewis on Michie, TN; and Great-Grandson Ethan Arnwine of Bentonville, AR

Sally grew up in French Link, IN and graduated from French Lick High School in 1955. She attended Ball State Teachers College for a short time, the returned home and was employed at the French Lick Sheraton Hotel as Secretary for the Assistant Manager.

Sally and Bill were married on September 22, 1957 at the French Lick Christian Church.  Their first son Kevin Mark was born August 11, 1958.   On May 30, 1960, the small family moved to Lafayette, TN, where Bill was to be employed as the manager of Lafayette Manufacturing Co., a raw materials division of Kimball International, Inc. headquartered in Jasper, IN. A wonderful journey started for the family, a second son, William Martin arrived on April 17, 1961.  A little over two years later, their third some, James Michael, was born on September 17, 1963.  At the time on Michael’s birth, Sally’s mother, Pauline visited Tennessee to help out and prior to returning to Indiana, commented that she didn’t know how Sally would survive raising three boys, but everyone survived these great years with only small scrapes, bruises, a few shed tears, and an uncountable number of trips to and from Lafayette, TN and French Lick/ West Baden, IN.

While making a home in Lafayette, Sally became involved in a variety of community activities, she was a Room Mother, a Cub Scout Den Mother, Treasurer of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Fund Memorial Chairman, a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Red Cross Blood Drive Chairman, President, Vice-President and a Director of the Macon County Senior Citizens Center.  She was a member of the Lafayette United Methodist Church since 1960, serving as Membership Secretary, Communion Steward, and on other committees she felt she could be useful.  One of her biggest joys was involvement with The Macon County Fair- she was board Secretary-Treasurer for 31 years locally and also served as a Tennessee Association of Fairs (TAF) Director for 2 terms. She loved all aspect of the local fair, but most special to her were the memories of all the great people she met during Fair Week in August.  In 2014, she received the Thornton Taylor Award, the highest honor given by the TAF.  Sally has been previously honored as The Macon County Christmas Parade Grand Marshall, received the Will Hall Sullivan Community Service Award in 2000 and has had the joy of having a building the Macon County Fair Grounds named in her honor.

During her time in our world, Sally faced each day with the attitude of what I can do for someone else and that attitude shown through as a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and friend to all who knew and loved her. She will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Ms. Sally, it was a life well lived.

A private service was held for Sally Ann Jacobs Wells at Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette with Hubert Cunningham officiating.  Interment was in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park.  FAMILY REQUESTS MEMORIALS BE MADE TO THE LAFAYETTE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OR SHERRY'S RUN.  YOU MAY MAKE THESE MEMORIAL BY CALLING OR COMING BY THE ANDERSON & SON FUNERAL HOME, LAFAYETTE, 615-666-4011.

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I just found out that Sally and passed away. She and I were classmates in the class of 1955 at French Lick high school. We went our separate ways and I have not seen BILL or Sally since they left French Lick and I left French Lick. I have lived in Knoxville Tennessee 1971 where I practice ophthalmology. Sally was delightful as a classmate and a real friend. My heart breaks that I did not realize she was so close to me all these years living in Lafayette, Tennessee. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and the family and I'm so sorry I found out so late. David

David Gerkin MD Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

Mike so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Sending thoughts and prayers for your family.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Jessica Parrott

Jessica Parrott Dec 22 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your families loss. Praying for comfort and strength for the family.

Yvonne and Dean Ellis Dec 22 2020 12:00 AM

Hello Wells Family - I started as the American Cancer Society staff representative for your area back in 1981 and "Ms Sally" was one of the first ACS volunteers that I was introduced to. I got to know her a bit over the years and admired how much she loved, and was involved in, her community. She was a very special person and the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer was blessed by her involvement. Thinking of you all during this time of your loss. "Ms Sally" is a fine example of a life well lived! Bob Frech, Goodlettsville, TN

Bob Frech Dec 22 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sally Wells

Carol Draper Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

I enjoyed spending time with her she was such a blessing to me will never forget her love you miss Sally

Anna Norman Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

So sad to hear of Sally's passing. She gave of herself, a dear wife, a wonderful mother. I can say those things because of the impact she had on her family. I wish the family my heartfelt condolences.

Mark Norman

Mark Norman Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sally Wells

Jennifer Wix Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

Sally was an amazing woman and I hate to hear of her passing. I got to know her when I worked at the Macon County Times and served along with her on several community committees and board. Her tenacity and dedication were always evident. My condolences to all her family and friends. Macon County has lost a generous soul. Rest in peace, Sally. We will miss you.--Lesley Key

Lesley Key Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sally Wells

Libby Witcher Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

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