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James Thomas "Tom" Wellman

September 5, 1938 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

James Thomas "Tom" Wellman Obituary


James Thomas “Tom” Wellman, 85, of Chapmanville, WV, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 12, 2024.  He went peacefully from his home with children and grandchildren surrounding him.

He was born September 5, 1938, in Phico, WV. The son of the late Bennie Franklin and Estel Spears Wellman. He was preceded in death by his baby sister Mary Ruth, his sister Betty Wooten and brothers: David, Eugene, Charles, and Paul Wellman, one stepson, Gary Kevin McNeil and one son-in-law, Willie Narvaez and several grandchildren.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Grace E. Manns Wellman of 38 years.  Three daughters: Estel Diane Narvaez of Los Angelas, California, Mary (Johnathan) Elkins of Chapmanville, WV, and Thomasa “Te-Te” (Tony) Vance of Danville, WV. Two stepsons who he loved as his own: Kenneth Mike (Vicky) McNeil and Greg (Cathy) McNeil both of Spencer, WV.   One brother, Jimmy (Glenna) Wellman of Vermillion, Ohio. Twelve grandchildren: David (Jordan) Narvaez, Geneva (Cory) Cook, Alyssia May, Benji May, Maria (David) DeRaimo, Lydia (Chris) Tipper, Caleb (Olivia) Vance, Ashley McNeil, and Kristie McNeil and Brian McNeil, a multitude of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Tom had two very special caregivers, Priscilla Casey and Molly Fulton.

Tom was a member of Parsley Bottom FWB Church for many, many years. He loved the Lord with all his heart and was a firm believer in prayer.  He loved fishing, hunting, camping, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He served in the US Army and Army Reserve from 1956 through 1964.  He worked for General Motors in Cleveland, Ohio, owned and operated his own trucking company, Wellman Trucking, worked for Pittston Coal Company Buffalo 5A and for the last several years of his life he owned and operated Wellman Resources.

Matthew 6:9-13
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, as it is in Heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel at Chapmanville, WV, with Pastor Tony Vance and Rev. G.W. Mounts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Kitchen-Wellman Cemetery at Chapmanville, WV. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 22, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home at Chapmanville, WV.

Evans Funeral Home in Chapmanville, WV, oversees the arrangements.


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January 22, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Evans Funeral Home
334 Crawley Creek Rd.
Chapmanville, WV 25508

Funeral Service
January 23, 2024

11:00 AM
Evans Funeral Home
334 Crawley Creek Rd.
Chapmanville, WV 25508

January 23, 2024

Kitchen-Wellman Cemetery
304 Bentley Branch Rd.
Chapmanville, WV 25508


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