Former Lebanon Mayor, Alderman
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for former Lebanon Mayor Bobby Lee Jewell, 76.
A 1957 graduate of Lebanon High School and longtime owner of Jewell Signs, Mr. Jewell died Saturday, May 30, 2015 at his W. Forrest Ave. home following an extended illness.
On Monday, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead ordered the flags at all city properties lowered to half-staff in honor of Mr. Jewell.
"Bobby was always approachable and willing to listen," Craighead said, "he was a great advocate for our youth. Our Parks & Recreation Department grew by leaps and bounds during his tenure."
Mr. Jewell served the City of Lebanon for 12 years as Alderman from Ward I and was elected mayor in 2000, serving a single four-year term.
Former Ward 4 Alderman Joe Hayes served two years on the City Council with Mr. Jewell, then saw him rise to the city's highest post..
"Bobby did a lot for the city," Hayes said, "he was easy to work with because he would listen. He was down to earth -- an honest fellow."
Hayes said Mr. Jewell was instrumental in the City's acquisition of the former Middle Tennessee Electric building on E. Baddour Parkway as well as the construction of the Harold Dean Greer Building in the Baird Park Complex and the L.R. Jones Police Building.
"Bobby really pushed for the city utilities to be run under the interstate so we could get the Outlets Mall and he helped bring the Nutro Plant to Lebanon."
Hayes said the city's annual Independence Day Celebration sprang to life during Jewell's administration, with humble beginnings at Nokes-Lasater Field.
He was very active in the community through his membership with the Lebanon Jaycees and the Lebanon Optimist Club.
Mr. Jewell coached the Fidelity Federal / Commerce Union Bank team in the Optimist Little League for some 30 years and was the manager of the Optimist All-Star team when Baird Park hosted the state tournament in 1996.
He was a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church were he served as Training Union Director.
The family will receive friends Wednesday between the hours of 4-8 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel and again Thursday between the hours of 1-3 p.m. at the church.
Services will be conducted by Bro. Donald Owens, Pastor John Hunn and Pastor David Filson. Burial will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of almost 57 years, Sammie Jones Jewell; children Lanny Jewell, Mark (Claudia) Jewell and Ranie (Keith) Ford.
Also surviving are granddaughters Halle and Lexi Ford, Lara (Mackenzie Green) Jewell, Logan (Kyle) Craighead and Kendra Thompson; great grandchildren Mason and Breyten Craighead, Cayleigh Barber and Gunner Green; siblings Wanda (Spike) Cravens, Winfrey (Mary Ann) Jewell, Larry (Lisa) Jewell and Daryl (Cindy) Jewell along with many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul Lee and Betty Lee Jones Jewell, son Jeffrey Layne and sister Mary Ann Jennings.
Active pallbearers: Keith Ford, Larry Jewell, Daryl Jewell, Paul Lee Jewell, Brian Cravens, Derrick Cravens, Mackenzie Green and Kyle Craighead.
Mr. Jewell thanks his constant and true friends Stephen Sandlin, Joyce Sandlin, Sharon Mitchell, Tutti Conatser, Cathy Boyd and Rose Bailey.
In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made in Mr. Jewell's memory to the Immanuel Baptist Church Youth Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements are in the care of Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.