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Dr. William Monroe Wells

This article appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday, 23 January 1957 on page B8 about the death of Dr. William Monroe Wells. A patron was researching Dr. Wells life several years ago at the Orlando Public Library and could not figure out why she could not find a death certificate for him in Orange County. The article I found explained everything. Dr. Wells died in a hospital in Lakeland Hospital.

Dr. Wells, Physician, Dies Here

   Dr. William Monroe Wells, Negro physician who had been practicing in Orlando and Orange County for 40 years, died Monday in a Lakeland hospital. He had delivered over 5,500 babies since coming to Orlando.

  Dr. Wells was stricken in Lakeland at an African Methodist Espiscopal Church meeting on Jan. 13 and was taken from there to the hospital.

  He was a member of the Mt. Olive AME, Church, the general judicial committee of the AME church and the Orlando Negro Chamber of Commerce.

  During World War II he was for a  year the only Negro physician in the city.

  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive AME, Church with the Rt. Rev. D. Ward Nickols, AME, presiding bishop of Florida, officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetary.

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