CHERRYVILLE - Jewel Crawford Smith, 77, met her Lord and Savior and was reunited with her family on Nov. 7, 2012, at her residence.
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Jewel was born in Cleveland County on Jan. 6, 1935, daughter of the late George Crawford and Gertrude Lowrance Crawford. She graduated from Shelby High School. Jewel's love for music started when she started taking piano lessons at the age of five and later went on to become the music direc-tor at Salem Baptist Church in Lincolnton and Mount Zion Baptist Church of Cherryville.
Jewel currently served as pianist for First Baptist Church in Cherryville where she was a longtime member, she was a member of the Church Choir, the Irene McSwain Sunday School class, enjoyed helping at Vacation Bible School and served in many other capacities at the church. Jewel also directed the Cherryville Singing Christmas Tree for several years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John O. "Bud" Smith Jr. and all of her children, John Otto Smith, IV; George Bradley Smith and Angie Dee Smith.
Survivors include her sister Peggy Putnam of Shelby and several niece's, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Cherryville.
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Vince Hefner officiating.
Burial will be in Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Angie Smith Memorial Scholarship c/o First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St. Cherryville, NC 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com.
Stamey~Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Smith.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Nov. 10, 2012