Thomas Wells, a singer who competed on several music competition shows, including X-Factor and The Voice, died earlier this month after an accident at an Oklahoma factory. He was 46.
Wells was working at a tire manufacturing plant when he got caught in an automatic conveyor belt and was killed, TMZ reported Friday. The website said part of Thomas’ body became trapped in the machine and the conveyor belt did not stop.
His wife Jessica Wells told the site Thomas was rushed to a hospital in nearby Idabel, OK, and later airlifted to a larger facility in Tyler, Texas to be treated by specialists. He died at the hospital in Tyler on Nov. 13.
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Thomas rose to prominence when he competed on America’s Got Talent, X-Factor, The Voice, and The Winner Is.
“Thomas had an amazing voice and loved singing hymns as well as contemporary music,” his online obituary said. “He always had a smile and loved to joke and give people a hard time.”
He was born on Sept. 2, 1975 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. After graduating from high school, he attended Tulsa Welding School, but his passion was music. Thomas taught himself to play instruments by ear and sang in the choirs at school and in church.
He married Jessica Willis on Oct. 29, 2004. They lived in Idabel, OK, with their three dogs, Chloe, Charlie and Zoey.
Thomas was preceded in death by his brother Justin Todd Wells; and his paternal grandfather Arthur Dean.
He is survived by wife Jessica Wells; his parents Ricky and Rosemary Dean of Idabel; sister and brother-in-law, Brandi and Robert Williams of Broken Bow; two nephews, two nieces, father-in-law and mother-in-law Kevin and Yvonne Willis; and a host of other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held at Green Chapel Assembly of God in Wright City on Nov. 20, 2021. Donations can be made to the Idabel Dog Pound, 207 S. Central, Idabel, OK 74745.