Joe Wells III, former president and CEO, part owner, and chairman of the board of Homer Laughlin China, died on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. He was 77.
According to the company, Wells began his career at Homer Laughlin China Company as a part-time worker in high school and college, starting full-time in 1963. He worked his way up to the sales department and then succeeded his father as executive vice president and general manager in 1986. In 2002, he became CEO and president of the company. In 2013, he retired and became chairman of the board of directors, a position he currently held.
Company officials stated that Wells is survived by his wife, Betsy Broomhall Wells, daughter Anne Wells Cook and her husband, John; and a son, David G. Wells and his wife. Wells also is survived by three grandchildren: John J. Cook, James T. Wells and Eleanor G. Wells.