James Rye “Jimmy” Jewell Jr.

Jimmy Jewell Jr.

Visitation for Mr. Jewell will be Saturday from 2-4 p.m., at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon, and 1-2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, followed by the funeral service by the Rev. Mike Ripski, the Rev. Bob Spain, and the Rev. David Hesson. Interment in Wilson County Memorial Gardens will be immediately following the service.

James Rye “Jimmy” Jewell Jr., age 98, passed away on Aug. 14, 2013.

He was the son of H. Culley and Myrtle O. Jewell.

He is survived by Estelle Prichard Jewell, his wife of 75 years, having been married July 2, 1938. He is also survived by three children, James Rye (Maureen) Jewell Jr., of Bonita, Calif., Martha (Todd) Duff, of Signal Mountain, Joe (Carla) Jewell, of Queechee, Vt.; five grandchildren, Blythe (Jason) Gander, of Austin, Texas, Kate (Conor) Hansen of Belmont, Mass., Tommy (Abby) Duff, of Signal Mountain, Zachary Jewell of Belmont, Sarah Jewell, of Austin, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Sam Gander, Leo Hansen, Allie Duff and Oona Hansen.

Jimmy was born and lived all of his life in Lebanon. He was a partner in Hankins, Byars and Jewell Pontiac for a number of years and retired from Hankins and Jewell Oil Co. in 1979. For recreation, he loved fishing, and he and Estelle traveled the United States in their recreation vehicles for more than 20 years. Jimmy served as a Navy Seabee in World War II seeing action in the South Pacific in his 28 months of service.

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Lebanon for more than 60 years, serving on the administrative and several other positions in the church, as well as being a member of the men’s choir.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mrs. J.B. Leftwich, Mrs. Joe F. Bryant, Mrs. Robert H. Spain, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Callis; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harding; Mr. and Mrs. Ken Clinard and Mr. Wayne Barrett. 

Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-9393, obits 615-758-8818.

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