Wells finds age brings patience

Published 12:57 am Saturday, October 22, 2011

Editor’s note: Fifty Plus is a weekly feature that provides a look at area senior citizens, their accomplishments and their life experiences. Fifty Plus prospects are asked to fill out a questionnaire concerning their lives.


This week’s Fifty Plus takes a look at Earle Wells, a retiree who lives in Washington.

Where are you from originally?


When did you move here? Why?

June 1989. Good people and my daughter’s family.

To what clubs/church do you belong?

Eagle’s Wings, a seniors’ nutrition center and Washington Housing Authority.

Education (list schools, starting with high school)

University of Albany (N.Y.) and Beaufort County Community College.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing?

Watching TV.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Give most to the needy.

What is the thing most people don’t know about you?

My age.

What is your favorite food?

Sweet-potato pie.

What’s the last book you read?


What is your favorite TV show?

“Judge Judy” and “Judge Mathis.”

Where would you go on your dream vacation?

Las Vegas.

What is your pet peeve?

Live and let live, mind your own business.

What’s the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you?

Go to church. Grandmother Dolly Wells.

What’s the biggest difference between life as a senior as opposed to below age 30?

Much more smarter and patient.

Compiled by Mike Voss

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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