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Estelle Jewell

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Estelle Jewell Obituary
Estelle Jewell

Lebanon, TN

Estelle Jewell, age 96, passed away May 1, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, James "Jimmy" R. Jewell, Sr. They were married July 2, 1938 by her grandpa, Reverend Joseph Webster, at the First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by sons, James R. (Maureen) Jewell, Jr. and Joe Blythe (Carla) Jewell; daughter, Martha Estelle (Todd) Duff; grandchildren, Blythe (Jason) Gander, Kate (Conor) Hansen, Sarah Jewell of Austin, TX, Zachary Jewell, Tommy (Abby) Duff; and great-grandchildren, Samuel James Gander, Leo Prichard Hansen, Oona Hansen and Alexandria Duff.

She was the daughter of Joe Blythe and Katherine Webster Prichard. Her brother, J.W. "Billy" Prichard and sisters, Evelyn Prichard Orr and Betty Kate Hall, preceded her in death.

She was born July 22, 1917 in Lebanon, TN and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1935. She set the single game and season scoring record for Women's Basketball, which stood for 25 years and was an original inductee into the Blue Devil Hall of Fame.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1925. She taught Sunday School, and served on Youth Council and the Administrative Board. She was a member of the church's Rebekah Group and retired from La Coterie Women's Club.

She retired as Bookkeeper and Executive Secretary of Lebanon Tenth Special School District in 1979 after serving for 24 years. After retiring, Estelle and Jimmy camped in all of the states except Alaska.

Her funeral is 2 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, with visitation at the church from 1 p.m. until the service. Visitation on Sunday, May 4, 2014 is at Sellars Funeral Home, 4-6 p.m. The family will have a private burial in Wilson County Memorial on Monday morning.

Honored Guests: Mrs. Joe F. Bryant, Mrs. J. B. Leftwich, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Callis, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harding, Mrs. Robert H. Spain, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Harper, Mr. and Mrs. Cordell Winfree, Mr. John Criner, Dr. LeRoy Dowdy, Mrs. Charlotte and Miss Kristy Johnson, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Denny.

Published in The Tennessean on May 3, 2014
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