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Estelle Prichard Jewell

• Updated May 2, 2014 at 3:33 PM

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, the Rev. Joseph Webster, at the First United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by two sons, James R. (Maureen) Jewell Jr., of San Diego, Calif., Joe Blythe (Carla) Jewell, of Queckee, Vt.; and one daughter, Martha Estelle (Todd) Duff, of Signal Mountain; five grandchildren, Blythe (Jason) Gander, of Austin, Kate (Conor) Hansen, of Boston, Sarah Jewell, of Austin, Zachary Jewell, of Boston, Tommy (Abby) Duff, of Signal Mountain; four great-grandchildren, Samuel James Gander, Leo Prichard Hansen, Oona Hansen and Alexandria Duff.

She was the daughter of Joe Blythe and Katherine Webster Prichard who preceded her in death, her brother, J.W. “Billy” Prichard, and also two sisters, Evelyn Prichard Orr and Betty Kate Hall. 

She was born July 22, 1917 in Lebanon and attended Highland Heights Elementary School and Lebanon High School, where she graduated in 1935. She was an outstanding basketball player, having held the record for more points in one game and one season set in 1934-35 for more than 25 years. She was selected into the inaugural Lebanon High School Sports Hall of Fame in December 2007.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1925 and a member of this church longer than any member. She taught Sunday school, served on Youth Council and as a member of the Administrative Board for a number of years. She was a member of Rebekah Group of United Methodist Women and also retired from La Coterie Women Club and several bridge clubs.

She retired as bookkeeper and executive secretary of Lebanon 10th Special School District in 1979 after serving for 24 years.

After retiring, Estelle and Jimmy were campers and had been in all the states except Alaska where they started, and she became sick and had to return home. She had asthma for more than 25 years and so often didn’t feel like doing what she wanted to.

Her funeral, conducted by the Rev. Bucky Hesson, Bishop Robert H. Spain and the Rev. Mike Ripski, will be held Monday, May 5, 2014 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with visitation at the church from 1 p.m. until the service at 2 p.m. The family will be receiving friends Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home. The family will have a private burial in Wilson County Memorial Gardens on Monday morning.  Honored guests will be 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.

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