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James Dewon Wells, age 52, of Stone Creek Drive, Mt. Sterling, a longtime firefighter and paramedic, was born March 26, 1965, in Paintsville, and passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017, at St. Joseph Hospital in Mt. Sterling.
Dewon is survived by his wife, Lori Ann Lawson Wells, whom he wed May 10, 2011; his mother, Sandra Osborne Helton of Lexington; his father, James Edwin Wells and stepmother Patty of Versailles; two sons, MSgt Jason McClanahan and Rebecca of Las Vegas, Nevada, and 2LT Jeremy McClanahan and Dana of Mt. Sterling; one daughter, Sarah McClanahan of Mt. Sterling; and three grandchildren, Alexander, Jillian and Ava.
Other survivors include one sister, Andre Prather of Lexington; three stepsisters, Lori Luckett of Versailles, Dr. Hannah Helton of Gilbert, Arizona, and Dr. Jennifer Helton of Mineral Springs, South Carolina; two stepbrothers, Dr. Mark Helton of Hickory, North Carolina, and Chad Brown of Versailles; maternal grandmother, Imogene Osborne of Paintsville; one uncle, Roger Osborne of Paintsville; mother-in-law, Betty Lawson of Mt. Sterling; two nieces, Brittany Bird and Brooklyn Payne; other dear relatives; and wonderful friends.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Dr. John D. Helton, of Lexington.
Dewon graduated from Bryan Station High School in Lexington and attended U.K., Eastern, Western, and Mid-Continental universities, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. At age 25, Dewon became passionately involved in Fire and Emergency Management Services. A firefighter, he also became a paramedic in 1991 and served on the Owingsville Fire Department and Fleming County EMS. He had worked at Montgomery County Fire/EMS for the past 25 years as firefighter and paramedic and was currently serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Montgomery County Fire Chief.
Dewon enjoyed taking care of his four dogs, golfing, cooking, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. He was actively involved with his favorite organizations, Love of Paws, Pinkys Promise, and Arms of Love.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the First Baptist Church with Chaplain Howard Hamilton officiating. Interment will follow at Machpelah Cemetery with full firefighter honors. Montgomery County Fire/EMS members will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation is 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the First Baptist Church, 925 Woodford Drive, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Pinkys Promise, 3991 Owingsville Road, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353 or Love of Paws, 1122 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353.
Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead is caring for arrangements.
View video tribute or sign guestbook at www.northcuttandson.com
Published on May 8, 2017
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