John Willard "J.W." Wellman, of Lake Limestone, passed away at Providence Hospice -St. Catherine in Waco, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at age 72. A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at the Prairie Grove Baptist Church, with Reverend Clifton Jones officiating. John was born in Mart on November 30, 1942, to John Wellman and Hulda (Schmidt) Wellman. After some of his early life in Mart, the family moved to Waco where he attended school. He enlisted in the U. S. Army Reserves, and spent the most of his adult life working in construction, and installing swimming pools. John was united in marriage with Doris Christine Williams when she was seventeen years old. They had a long life together until she passed away on January 25, 2008. John and Doris moved to Lake Limestone about twenty-five years ago. They built a home right on the lake and enjoyed living there even though he fought the yaupons for years. He worked the last few years as a security guard at the Kosse Mine, until retiring after health problems a few years ago. Hunting and fishing were a vital part of John’s life. In fact, the family predicted his daughter would be born on the deer lease or the river bank. She did grow up at both places. John looked forward to every November and the beginning of deer season, and had even been wishing he was able to hunt this year. John was a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church, and Pastor Clifton Jones was his neighbor. John was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Wayne Wellman and Tommy Wellman. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Wellman and her friend as well as friend of the family, James Brem of Groesbeck; granddaughter, Heather Graham and husband Chris of Groesbeck; grandson, Tyler Inmon and wife Jackie of Groesbeck; granddaughter, Carly Keith and husband John of Laramie, WY; eight great grandchildren (all of Groesbeck): Cayden Graham, Sterlin Graham, Brent Graham, Holly Graham, Cali Inmon, Zethan Inmon, Maybree Inmon, and Paisley Keith; and he also leaves behind two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Pam Wellman of Seven Points and Mike and Brenda Wellman of Ballinger, and sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Jerry Black of Sommerville, and nieces and nephews.