Steven Richard Wells

January 5, 1948 ~ March 19, 2020

Steven “Steve/Papa Smurf” Richard Wells, 72, of Sulphur passed away on March 19, 2020 in a local hospital. He was a lifelong truck driver and was also the owner of the Smurf’s Den for many years. He enjoyed being around his family and his friends, loved to ride motorcycles and cheering on the New Orleans Saints.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1967-1974 doing two tours of duty in Vietnam, from which he was awarded a purple heart.

 Steve is survived by his three children, Selena Cooley and husband Cary of Merryville, La, Rodney Wells and wife Nichole of DeQuincy, La and Renee’ Wells; four grandchildren, Harlee, Kylie, Cael, and Zayne. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Theresa Tutton.

Please join us in celebrating the life of a wonderful son, father, grandfather, and most of all a loving friend.  His services will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2020 from 2p.m. to 4p.m. at Johnson and Robison Funeral home in Sulphur, LA.

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  1. You were loved by many and we will miss you! Prayers to the family and deepest condolences. Rest In Peace Papa! 
    Tigger and Tanya Clark

  2. I have no words. I love you and already miss you. Our talks were always great. You’ve made me laugh and cry, but a friend you were. Prayers for the family. Love you my baby!

  3. Papa Smurf was such a nice person and he was always happy and a joy to be around. He will be missed very much by myself and so many others. Rest in Peace Papa Smurf!

  4. What a wonderful man, he was always so nice to all! We will miss you and we will see you on the other side one day!

  5. I will surely miss seeing you with that smiling face and warm felt kiss every time we saw one another. Til we meet again, you are always in my heart Steve/Papa♥️

  6. Love you Steve! We’ve been friends for almost 30 years! Way before you had The Edge! Our Crickets days were mighty fun!☺️ Going to miss you my friend! 😇

  7. RIP thank you for being you ! You opened your arms to us as family when we first met ! You have and will always have a special spot in our hearts ! Till we meet again 💋

  8. So sorry for your loss. Our condolences are with the family. We have been thinking of coming to see Steve but never got the time. We are truly sorry that we didn’t make that happen. Steve you’re always in our hearts, you will truly be missed. RIP our friend until we meet again. 

  9. We love you pops Smurf and our hearts are so broken you were more than our friend you were family Rip you are dancing in heaven now until we see you again don’t forget us and watch over us it will not be the same we love you

  10. I don’t know if you guys remember me….I just heard about your father and I am deeply sad & sorry for y’all loss. If all this crazy wasn’t going on in world I’d love to talk. 

    If you do want to talk or anything ever my # is 337-794-3023

  11. He was a great friend and he will be greatly missed.  Just know that he left a legacy.  Nobody will soon forget his laugh,  his smile,  or the way he tried to help everyone that he could. 


  13. Steve our Papa Smurf, you will be missed dearly. I'm going to miss your big hugs and your infectious smile. R.I.P. my friend.

  14. RIP papa smurf …what a beautiful soul here on earth .. fly high with the angels now, you will be missed…

  15. I will miss Papa Smurf greatly. I am so sorry for your loss and hope you're able to heal. He will NEVER be forgotten.

  16. Genuinely nice and loved what he did for a living. Now gone, but sure not forgotten. R.I.P. Papa Smurf…

  17. I send my Solemn Greetings to Papa Smurf’s family and friends.  As a Brother Vietnam Veteran, the loss of a great man and true Patriot is always difficult to bear. He left all of us with treasured memories.  Godspeed my Brother!

  18. It is an honor to be able to call Steven ( aka Papa Smurf ) my friend, you'll be missed by many. My condolences to the family may he rest in peace

  19. the only way to forget Steven would to have never known him at all, once you met Papa Smurf would never forget him. He's such an awesome and caring person, and will be missed by all

  20. Renee I’m sorry for your loss your in our prayers always.            Brenda & Arnold

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