DALLAS, NC (WBTV) - When family, friends, and fellow police officers gathered at First Assembly of God Church in Gastonia, it was to pay tribute to a life worth remembering.
“That the pureness of heart of Travis Lee Wells was to help, was to serve” said Pastor Curtis Wilson.
A crowd packed the Church’s sanctuary to honor and celebrate the life of Dallas Police Corporal Travis Wells, who died last week when his police vehicle veered off Dallas Bessemer City Highway.
Corporal Wells, who was 46 years old, served as a police officer in Dallas for 22 years.
"He loved his momma,” said Corporal Wells’ brother – Pastor Adam Green. “He loved his momma bear. I got to tell you with all my heart. I know him as well as anybody as we was growing up and I gotta tell you that you was his greatest love."
Pastor Green told the crowd that before the police officer in Corporal Wells emerged, there was the young Travis.
"I'm talking about teenagers 14,15 years old he was - you could boo him in the dark he was running till he seen daylight," Pastor Green said as the crowd chuckled.
But, the older brother added that as the years went on something changed in Travis.
"He fell in love with the uniform. When I'm talking about the uniform… he fell in love not with your uniform but the person that is in the uniform,” said Pastor Green. “I'm telling you he bring great courage."
"I'm not sure if Travis knew how much of an impact he had on this community," said Dallas Police Chief Allen Scott. "Everybody in this room was touched by that man."
Wells wasn’t just an officer. He was also a husband, son, brother, friend... and more said his brother.
"He was the crazy cat old lady,” Pastor Green said. “You go over to his house and see him he'd had four, five cats and when you walk in he introduces each one to you like they're kids."
At the end of the service, which included a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps, the department sounded a last radio call for Corporal Travis Wells.