Bobbie Fountain Wells
Bobbie Fountain Wells, 88, of Orange and formerly of Logansport, La. passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at her home. The family will receive friends at McArthur Heights Baptist Church in Orange on Monday, Dec. 7, from 9-10 a.m. with a funeral service at 10 a.m. conducted by the Rev. Jay Thomas. They will also receive friends at First Baptist Church Logansport on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 1-2 p.m. with a funeral service at 2 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Charles Hall and the Rev. Lance Cypert, followed by interment at Price Cemetery under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
“Miss Bobbie” was formerly a homemaker, an elementary school Title I instructor, and a First Lady of Logansport for her husband the Mayor. During World War II, she worked in a metals factory in California. She was a 50+ year member of Eastern Star and the Baptist Church in Logansport and Orange. Her avocation was chief supporter of her girls’ basketball team and her sons’ all-sports teams, attending every game and assisting needy students with funds for equipment and travel.
She was a renowned cook who shared generously with family and friends, especially enjoying fund-raising events and socials. Her other hobbies were pole fishing, gardening in the park with Coach, collecting hummingbirds, watching T.V. sports and working on crossword puzzles. In cards and dominoes, she was a first-rate competitor who wanted to win. Her favorite song was “The Rose.” The secret to her long, happy life was giving to others in selfless ways, making them feel good about themselves and valued by her.
Mrs. Wells was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Julia Ann (Kenner) Fountain; husband, Marvin Prentice Wells Sr.; son, M. P. “Buddy” Wells Jr.; and her beloved sister, Lois Fountain Hobson.
She is survived by three children, Fran W. and Dr. Craig Lappin of Charles City, Va., Dr. Sue W. and Burton Weaver of Natchitoches, La., and Scott and Rhonda Wells of Bridge City; and 15 grandchildren, Dr. Susannah Fowler Craig and husband, Stewart, Margaret Fowler Abrahams and husband, Alan, Marston Fowler JD and wife, Jennifer, Christopher Wells and wife, Jennifer, Ashley Wells, Raygon Griffin Gibbs and husband, Garrett, Lois Weaver Patterson and husband, Dr. James, Laurel Weaver Jones and husband, Tom, Dr. Burton Weaver III and wife, Dr. Hanh Huong, Boone Weaver, Spencer Fuss and wife, Kristen, Toby Fuss and wife, Crystal, Sadie Fuss Mouton and husband, Brian, M. P. Wells III “Marty” and Jeremy Wells, and his wife, Marci. She also leaves 15 great-grandchildren, nephews, Perry and Chipper Hobson; and host of dear friends at Optimist Village of Orange.
Pallbearers will be her six grandsons and Mike Fullerton of Orange. Honorary pallbearers will be Bernard Waggoner, Doug McLaren, Johnny Haynes, Wayne Adams, Willie Jackson, Willie Jones, Bobby Garrett, Don Alexander, Charles Woods, Aubrey Beckham, Harold Cogswell, and Deacons of McArthur Heights Baptist Church.
The services will be celebrations of her wonderful life. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Contributions may be made to McArthur Heights Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Logansport or Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.