Ms. Zelpha S. Wells


Services will be in compliance with guidelines recommended by the CDC and the State of Alabama, everyone in attendance must wear a mask and adhere to the social distancing guidelines

D.O.D. 10/25/2021
Age: 93
Place of Death: DCH (Tuscaloosa)

Funeral services for Ms. Zelpha Wells will be held Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 11 am at First Community Church, Rev. Joe C. Wills will officiate burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Wills’ Funeral Service of Northport is in charge of all arrangements.

**** At the request of the family there will be No Public viewing and the services are limited to family only, however, services will be live-streamed please click on the link that will be posted 15min. prior to service time on this page ****

Flower times: Monday 9 am-5 pm
Tuesday 9 am-10 am


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Lynda [Burton] LI

With a broken heart to hear the news of the passing of Ms. wells. My prayers go out to her daughter’s. I have known her for many years. I was her babysitter in 1967. Never forgot Ms. Wells and her piano playing what wonderful music she played.

Cassaundra Grice

I pray her daughters feel God’s comfort and peace during this difficult time. Ms Wells was a wonderful person. She answered God’s call to work on this earth and now she’s answered His call to rest.

Latisha Savage

I’m so sorry to hear of Ms. Wells death. She was my elementary school piano teacher. A very sweet person and was about her business when it came to teaching the piano. My sympathy goes out to her family.

Charles Smith Selma,Al

I pray for peace for the family

julie saville

Teacher of music and of life how we will miss you A friend to my entire family You brought joy to our hearts as you shared your talents with us all. Rest in peace Maestra. Brava!

Brenda F. Elliott

Deepest condolences. Ms. Wells was my choral music teacher. She was a demanding teacher who refused to allow her students to perform below the mark of EXCELLENCE! Her choral music students competed and performed with CLASS & PRIDE! May we, her students, honor her memory daily by always displaying the Excellence, Class, and Pride in all that we do, as she taught us! With deep love and respect to our teacher, Ms. Wells. Your legacy lives on and speaks for you.✝️

Monica Bailey

Argenell and Carmelita we are so saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful mother. We will always cherish the memories and moments spent with her. Mrs. Wells will always be in our hearts. You both are in our prayers and hearts. MRS. WELLS MAY REST IN YOUR MUCH DESERVED REST AND PEACE MONICA AND ADRIENNE BAILEY AND THE BAILEY FAMILY

Monica Bailey

Argenell and Carmelita we are so saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful mother. We will always cherish the memories and moments spent with her. Mrs. Wells will always be in our hearts. You both are in our prayers and hearts. MRS. WELLS MAY REST IN YOUR MUCH DESERVED REST AND PEACE MONICA AND ADRIENNE BAILEY AND THE BAILEY FAMILY

julie saville Chicago IL

Your dear mother was not only a gifted pianist and teacher of music; she was a teacher about life. The melodies of her friendship enriched the lives of three generations of my family. How we will miss her! Rest in peace beloved Maestra. Brava! Brava!

Ms. Janet

Mrs. White -The short time that I have known your mother and when I was around her, she had that ora about herself as though it was like an invisible halo and glow around her. I know that you developed your demeanor from her because you possess the same behavior as she did and I haven’t met Carmelita but I can almost bet that she is the same way. You can’t find better people than you all because you all are one of a kind and that’s hard to find! It was a privilege to have met her and I am so very sorry for your loss, but we all know where your mother is and who she is with so let that be your comfort. You will always be in my heart and prayers.

Lynn J Sexton

Rest well sweet lady. Certainly a life well lived.

Levert Hedgemon, JR.

Aregenel and Carmelita, you all have my sincerest sympathies and condolences in the passing of your mother. I was so sorry to learn of her passing. She indeed was a legend in her own time. Herl music legacy will live forever through the many lives she touched over te years of her life. She was a loving, humble spirit that endeared us all to her. She wS great educator, prolific pianist, and entertainer. May she Rest In Peace. You all are in our thoughts and prYers. Levert and Catherine Hedgemo

Mattie & Larry Davis

Rest on MOM. We will miss you so much. Prayers for my sisters and your special daughters as they mourn the loss of their sweet mommy. God brought home those special fingers to bless the ears of heaven. Play on. You will be missed!!

Edith Wells

We thank the LORD for Cousin Zelpha’s long life!!! Love each of you to Life!!! Shalom!!!

Rozalind Smith Simon

“when it looked like the sun wouldn’t shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the sky.”
Argenell and Carmelita, please know that I am lifting you in prayer. We loved your mother and I love you

Theodora (Tedi) Prude

Zelpha was my first piano teacher. I was only 4 years old back then. I always admired how she could touch those piano keys, make such beautiful music, and make it all look so easy. She is one of the reasons why I chose a career in Music Education. I was saddened to learn of her passing, and my heart goes out to you, Arngenel and Carmelita. Zelpha’s legacy will live on in our hearts forever. Peace, Love, and Light.


Dear Sister’s Angenel and Carmelita, Sorry to hear about mom, We will miss her!!! She help raise and took care of me when l wasn’t in my parents present. She took me places and treated me like her own son. Through her I got to meet & see: Isaac Hayes, Bear Bryant, Joe Namath and The Jackson 5. I was younger back then.. we was neighbors. My parents loved your Mom. She taught me how to play the piano and learn jazz. She’s why l love jazz. She was good to me. Thanks for sharing your Precious Mom with me and my family. {RIP} MS. ZELPHA S WELLS

Cameron Latham

I have taken care of Ms.Wells for the last past couple of weeks. Since I have known her she has been the sweetest person ever and so is her daughter Ms.Arngenel. This literally broke my heart when I heard the news. God please give this family strength & guidance right now as they get through this tough time. Rest In Paradise

Nan Saville-Fifer

I cannot think or speak of of you in the past tense because from the moment I walked into your home and met you, over sixty three years ago, intoxicated by the fragrance and beauty of Mrs. Storey’s deep red roses lining the path to your front door, I have carried you in my heart (where my parents also live and whose love for you I will always share). You became my first piano teacher, and now whenever I confront doubt or fear, I can feel your hand on my back and hear your voice saying: straighten up, hold your head up and think about what you are going; don’t watch the keys. I love you, always. Hug my Mama and Daddy when you find one another. I will be along in just a while.

Eunetha Wells Gowdy

To the daughters of Mrs. Wells, thank you so much for sharing your mother’s celebration with me and the world! It was truly a beautiful celebration! Please know that I hold you near in prayer; and I pray God will comfort you in times like these.

Debra Willis-Petty

Argenell & Carmelita: Sending sincerest condolences with sympathy to you. Mrs. Wells was my choral music instructor for 3 years & my brother’s piano teacher. I enjoyed Choral Music so much. So saddened to hear of her passing. Keeping you & family in my prayers.

Yolanda Burton

Ms. Wells taught piano and tried to teach me, but I couldn’t keep up. Pleasure knowing her. She knew piano

Marilyn M.Elton Abrams

This was a GREAT lady. She taught us all well. So very generous to this community ♥️

Minister Cedric D Chalmers

So Sorry To Hear Of Ms Zelpha’s Passing My Sincerest Condolences

Rick Jobe

I was Zelpha’s guitar player at Joe Namath’s in the mid 70s. She was a gracious employer and a patient teacher for a young man just learning what it meant to be a real pro musician. She was the epitome of talent, selflessness and grace and I will never forget her for it.

richard shepherd

zelpha ray thomas joshep dudly joe boyer bonnie taylor curly martin better known as the mellow tones let me play drums with them sometimes zelpha was like my play mom i am so hurt because i did not come back to tuskaloosa to see her i love you mom

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