Howard Wells

March 23, 1934 - October 9, 2022

Howard Wells, 88, of Pinewood passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 9, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born March 23,1934, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He moved to Beaumont as a young boy where he was lovingly raised by his parents, Tommy and Opal Wells. Howard graduated from French High School in 1952. Not long after, he met a beautiful girl who later became the love of his life, Molly Corrigan (FHS ’55), affectionally called “Polly”. They were blessed to spend 67 years together loving and enjoying their 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Howard, better known as PaPa to his family, supported and attended whatever activity the kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids took part, including school and church programs and numerous sporting events. He also remained true to his alma mater, French High School, while spending countless hours each day after work, building the athletic field house with other volunteers. Howard worked concession stand every home football game and made great friends with others in doing so. He displayed an exemplary work ethic and strong faith in God for all to follow.

Howard began working at Mobil Oil Refinery in 1957, and later transferred to Mobil Chemical where he worked in the Research and Development Lab. He also worked as a planner and later became a maintenance supervisor. He retired from Mobil Chemical   O/A Plant in 1996 after 39 years of service.

Many memories were made at MaMa and PaPa’s house over the years. Every birthday, graduation, anniversary and holiday were celebrated to the fullest with food, games, and spending time with each other. PaPa loved playing washers with family, especially when he won. Christmases were loud and full of laughter. There used to be a rule that each person could only open one gift at a time because PaPa wanted to take everyone’s picture with his movie camera. The family became so big, he finally and reluctantly allowed a free-for-all.

Howard is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Molly Corrigan Wells; children, Doug Wells and his wife, Monica, of Sour Lake; Darla Sanderson and her husband, Perry II, of Pinewood; and Dr. Donald Wells of Austin; grandchildren, Cody Wells and his wife, Sarah; Lyndi Keller and her husband, Matt; Perry Sanderson III and his wife, Amy; Brian Sanderson and his wife, Laura; Kevin Sanderson and his wife, Ashlyn; Austin Wells and his fiancée, Sarah Upchurch; Reed Wells and his fiancée, Casey File; and Rebecca Wells; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Naomi, Amelia, Eliza, Perry IV, Troy, Emma, Elam, Sawyer, Parker, Nora, Corban, Kevin Jr., and Baylor.

The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice and Howard’s nurse, Shelby, for her compassionate care and support.

A gathering of Howard’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 14, 2022, at Broussard’s, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 447, Kountze, Texas, 77625.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • October 13, 2022
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • October 14, 2022
  • 2:00 pm


Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (7)

    Susie Scruggs says:

    Dear Molly. My deepest sympathy to you and all your wonderful family. He left such wonderful and joyful memories for all of you. Keep them close to your heart. God Bless. Susie

    Bubba & Pat Lane says:

    Molly,I don’t know if you remember but you and Howard introduced me to Pat on a blind date back in 1952. She later became my loving wife. We have now been partners for 67 years and have two great kids, one great grand daughter one great great daughter. We will always thank you two for that. Howard was a great person and will be missed. God Bless you and your family. Bubba & Pat Lane.

    Diane+Cannon says:

    I lived across the street on Glasshouse growing up. I remember Aunt Nanny, Tommy, Opal and Howard. Such a nice family! Good memories!

    Darla Bruce King says:

    I worked with Howard many years ago at Mobil Chemical. He talked always with love of his wife and family. He was one of the good guys.

    Diane Murphy Alfaro says:

    Molly I am so sorry for your loss. I think about you and Howard every day. We live not to far from Doug. I remember going to school with Darla, Doug, Don. I would always see Howard coming home from work every day. He was such a good man and family man. Love y’all

    Dorothy Overstreet says:

    Thinking of you and your family , Molly ! Praying for strength you need in times like this . I love you ,my friend since 1st grade ❤️


    a fine person and a long time friend–he will be greatly missed. by all.

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