Murray L. Wells

January 4, 1944 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Murray Wells Life Story

It is with a heart full of cherished memories and profound respect that we announce the passing of Murray L. Wells, a beloved husband, stepfather, grandfather, brother and friend. Murray left this world on January 7, 2024, in Longview, Texas, but his legacy of warmth, joy, and passion for life will forever resonate with those who knew him. Born on January 4, 1944, in Linden, Texas, to Harvey Wells and Tommie (Wilson) Wells, Murray's journey was one marked by love, service, and an unwavering zest for life.
Murray's early years in Linden/Kildare shaped a future that was as bright and promising as his infectious smile. After graduating high school, he furthered his education at Texarkana College. His patriotism and sense of duty then led him to serve his country with honor and distinction in the U.S. Army for four years. Upon returning to his roots in Linden, Murray's career path took a turn towards his lifelong passion-automobiles. He worked at two car dealerships before joining the team at Ruell Young Dealership in Jefferson, Texas. His expertise and dedication were undeniable, and he continued to make his mark in the industry at Johnny Williams until the dealership's closure.
Murray's spirit eventually guided him to establish his own venture, Wells Auto Sales. The business flourished under his leadership, and his reputation grew as a man with an uncanny ability to breathe new life into every car he touched. His success led him to Carthage, Texas, where he opened his second car business. Murray's professional life was a testament to his hard work, integrity, and the deep satisfaction he found in his craft, up until his retirement when his health began to decline.
Murray's love for cars ignited as a young child and became a central theme in his life. He was a fixture at parades in Linden, Marshall, and Jefferson, proudly showcasing his collection of T-Birds, especially his cherished pink T-Bird. His passion extended to his family, teaching his step-daughter Gina the intricacies of driving these classic machines. Murray, along with his loving wife, Janet, was an active member of two car clubs, "Big D Little Birds" in Dallas and "Bayou Birds" in Marshall. His expertise in dismantling and reassembling cars was legendary, and his joy in this art was palpable to all who witnessed it.
Beyond his professional and automotive endeavors, Murray was a man of diverse interests. He was an ardent football fan, with a particular loyalty to the Dallas Cowboys. His love for 50s music, swap meets, and yard work were among the simple pleasures that brought a spark to his eye. Murray's outgoing nature made him a cherished member of his community; he never met a stranger and was always ready with a smile, a dance, or a song. His ability to make friends was matched only by his enthusiasm for life.
Murray's family was the cornerstone of his happiness. He was a devoted husband to Mary Janet Wells, whom he married on July 26, 1980. Together, they created a life filled with love, laughter, and mutual respect. He was a supportive stepfather to Gina Cooper and Ronald Allen Bowden, a doting grandfather to Carmen Cooper, a cherished brother to Boyce Harvey Wells and his wife, Charlotte and their children, Vickie Wells and Tammie Hillis, and a special niece, Sheran Williams. His family's love and admiration for Murray are a testament to the remarkable man he was.
Murray was a member of First Methodist Church in Marshall for 40 years and a member of Pairs N Spares Sunday School class for 40 years. He served as an usher for the morning service for many years.
As we bid farewell to Murray L. Wells, we reflect on a life lived to the fullest, a life that touched so many with its genuine kindness and joyous spirit. Murray's departure leaves behind a void that cannot be filled, but his memory will continue to inspire and comfort us. He has left an indelible mark on the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, and his legacy will be cherished for generations to come.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the care given to Murray by Dr. Pham, Parkview Memory Care nurses, Dr. Pullipaca, Brady Andrews and Three Oak Hospice.

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January 11, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
The Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home
100 E. Travis Street
Marshall, TX 75670

Life Celebration® Funeral Service
January 11, 2024

2:00 PM
The Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home
100 E. Travis Street
Marshall, TX 75670


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