The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has made a financial contribution to the organization’s Wilson County affiliate in honor of Jan Jewell.
Jewell, a charter board member of The Community Foundation of Wilson County, died in January following a lengthy illness.
“Through her tireless efforts and others in Wilson County the local Community Foundation affiliate was established almost two years ago,” said Paul Stumb, board chairman of The Community Foundation of Wilson County.
Stumb, president of Cumberland University, said Jewell was sought as a charter board member for the local affiliate because of her record of service in the Watertown community, her valued relationships with so many people across the county, and “most importantly because of her genuine desire to want the very best now and in the future for this place we proudly call our home.
“Jan understood that The Community Foundation was not so much about the current as it is about the future. She recognized that her efforts to help establish trusts and funds through The Community Foundation would provide financial assistance to local charities, scholarship funds, and other needs in the community forever,” Stumb said.
He said her contributions to the local organization will be sorely missed.
Addressing Jewell’s work with the local organization, Ellen Lehman, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee president, said “I regret that I did not have the opportunity to know Jan for an extended period of time, although I did know her long enough to recognize that much of her life was dedicated to her family and the community in which she lived.
“We are so appreciative of the commitment she made to help launch The Community Foundation in Wilson County and like so many other endeavors in which Jan was involved her contributions to the local affiliate will be long remembered.”
Jewell was a 1967 graduate of Nashville’s Hillwood High School and attended University of Tennessee Nashville campus. She and her husband, John Jewell, founded and operated Jewell Disposal Service, Comsites and Jewell Communications. At the time of her death Jewell was an assistant to Wilson County Attorney Michael R. Jennings.
For 20 years she served as a member of the Watertown City Council and for 27 years was a member the Watertown Regional Planning Commission. She also was a member of the Watertown Historic Preservation Commission and served the Watertown Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter and first responder for 37 years.