Ralph C. Wells
Ralph was born in the “old” Covington Memorial Hospital in March of 1944. He attended East Three Notch Elementary School (City Hall) and graduated in 1962 from Andalusia High School. Ralph received his college degree from the School of Business at Auburn University in 1967. He played baseball at Auburn and signed a minor league professional contract in June of 1966 with the Atlanta Braves Organization. His baseball career was interrupted while he served in the US Army which included a tour of duty in Vietnam. His work career was measured with one industry: The auto parts business. He began at TPS Distribution Center (div of Taylor Parts) and CARQUEST for 37 years until retirement in January 2009. His responsibilities included salesman, sales manager and Business and Market Development Manager. Ralph has been a member of the First Baptist Church for over 60 years.
Ralph has been married to Barbara Sue Sweatt Wells of Red Level, AL. for 43 years. They have two children, Kristen Wells Wiggins and Kim Wells Dienstl. Kristen, who is married to Russell Wiggins, resides on the farm in the Carolina Community. They have five beautiful children: Riley Grace, Maggie Ruth, Jack Russell, Mollie Jae and Pitt Steiger. Kim and her husband, Keith live in Anchorage, AK and are the proud parents of a son, Kolten Ryker.
Ralph has two brothers both are residents of Andalusia: Ashton Wells and his wife Katy Sue and Dr. Mike Wells and his wife Maria. All 9 of the Wells’ children graduated from Andalusia High School. Ralph’s Mother(Orene) and Father (Ashton Sr.) moved to Andalusia in 1941 from Blountstown, FL and raised their three boys here.
Letter from Councilmember Ralph Wells
I have been given opportunities in life because a lot of people in this city took the time to watch me, listen to me, teach me and then lead me in the right direction. I have benefited personally by living in this community. As a result, I feel as though I have a lot in common with Andalusia, its’ people and with the opportunities for growth. I want to see Andalusia continue to lead and to prosper.
Many of our decisions will affect the individual district, some will affect Andalusia as a whole and others could possibly affect surrounding communities. It is important that we make wise decisions.
I hope I can give a little back by serving as a council member. I intend to listen well, to represent the people’s opinions in earnest, to make decisions after careful evaluation, to be honest, and forthright.
We are blessed with the opportunity and privilege of selecting our representatives. Andalusia is fortunate over the years to have elected some dedicated people with vision. It is an honor to serve and I am proud to be a part of the future in Andalusia, not just the past.