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James "Dewon" Wells, 52, of Mt. Sterling, a longtime firefighter and paramedic, husband of Lori Ann Lawson Wells, died Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Mt. Sterling. Born March 26, 1965, in Paintsville, he was the son of Sandra Osborne Helton, Lexington, and James Edwin (Patty) Wells, Versailles. He 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, he 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 most recently serving as the administrative assistant to the Montgomery County fire chief. He 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, Pinky's Promise, and Arms of Love. Survivors include two sons, MSgt Jason McClanahan (Rebecca), Las Vegas, Nev., and 2LT Jeremy McClanahan (Dana), Mt. Sterling; a daughter, Sarah McClanahan, Mt. Sterling; three grandchildren, Alexander, Jillian and Ava; a sister, Andre Prather, Lexington; three stepsisters, Lori Luckett, Versailles, Dr. Hannah Helton, Gilbert, Ariz., and Dr. Jennifer Helton, Mineral Springs, S.C.; two stepbrothers, Dr. Mark Helton, Hickory, N.C., and Chad Brown, Versailles; his maternal grandmother, Imogene Osborne, Paintsville; and uncle, Roger Osborne, Paintsville; his mother-in-law, Betty Lawson, Mt. Sterling; two nieces, Brittany Bird and Brooklyn Payne; and other relatives. His stepfather, Dr. John D. Helton, is deceased. Services were conducted Thursday, May 11, at the First Baptist Church, Mt. Sterling, by Chaplain Howard Hamilton. Interment was in the Machpelah Cemetery with full firefighter honors. Montgomery County Fire/EMS members served as casket bearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Pinky's Promise, 3991 Owingsville Road, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353, or Love of Paws, 1122 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353.

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