Community pulls together to raise money to give friend proper burial

A community is working together to raise money to bury their neighborhood newspaper man.

80-year-old Ivory Wells died in a fire at his Walker Avenue home February 21st.

He left behind no family when he died, but was well known in the Cordova area.

He sold the Sunday Commercial Appeal on Germantown Parkway near the Countrywood neighborhood for several years.

Because he doesn't have family, no one has claimed his body for burial so the people whose lives Wells touched every Sunday say they'd like to see him have a proper funeral.

"Since he had no family there is not enough funds to bury him, I'm very concerned he gets the proper burial he deserves," says friend Lisa Gray.

Friends are now working to raise about $1800 needed to properly bury Wells.

A woman and her daughter plan to collect money Sunday morning. They'll stand in front of the Countrywood Subdivision where Wells sold papers.

Wells' church is also working to raise money for a casket and funeral services.

If you would like to help donate you can send your contributions to Holy Community Church, P.O. Box 679, Memphis, TN, 38101.

For more information, call the church at 523-2485.