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(Update: Arrangements Set) Former Murray Mayor Bill Wells Dies of Rare Brain Disease

UPDATE: Wells' funeral arrangements have been set. Visitation will take place Friday, January 29th from 4-8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Murray. 

A Celebration of Life event has also been scheduled for Saturday, January 30th at 2 p.m.

The Heritage Family Funeral Home in Murray is in charge of arrangements.

Remembrances of former Murray Mayor Bill Wells are populating social media posts. Close friends and family members are reporting the passing of Wells on Saturday from a rapidly progressing rare neurological disease.

The disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, affects about one person in every one million; there are about 300 cases per year in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Wells, 70, had been a fixture in the Murray community.  He served on Murray’s city council and as the city’s Mayor from 2010 to 2014.

Wells was a retired educator. He served as principal of Murray High School.

Well’s is also credited with starting the city’s “Make a Difference Day,” a monthly recycling event.  The 95th Make a Difference Day occurred in March. 

Funeral arrangements are pending. 

Chad Lampe, a Poplar Bluff, Missouri native, was raised on radio. He credits his father, a broadcast engineer, for his technical knowledge, and his mother for the gift of gab. At ten years old he broke all bonds of the FCC and built his own one watt pirate radio station. His childhood afternoons were spent playing music and interviewing classmates for all his friends to hear. At fourteen he began working for the local radio stations, until he graduated high school. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Murray State, and a Masters Degree in Mass Communication. In November, 2011, Chad was named Station Manager in 2016.
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