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James Powell Jewell, 94

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COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the First United Methodist Church of Cookeville for Mr. Powell, 94, of Cookeville.

Born in the Statesville Community of Wilson County, Mr. Jewell died on Monday, June 15, 2009 at Sunnington Senior Care in Murfreesboro where he had resided the last five years.

An educator and author, he was the son of Jim T. and Arizona Williams Jewell. He attended Statesville Elementary School, Watertown High School — graduating in 1932 with honors.

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State College with a B.S. degree in Chemistry, "Powell" taught in high schools in Dublin, GA and Bell Buckle. Following service in the US Navy during World War II, he taught chemistry at Middle Tennessee State College for two years and then in 1944 he went to Vanderbilt University, graduating in 1946 with a M.S. degree in Chemistry and Metallurgy.

He worked for Union Carbide in Oak Ridge for two years before taking a position on the faculty at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in Cookeville teaching Chemistry. In addition to teaching, he co-authored two chemistry laboratory manuals.

Mr. Jewell was a member of the Cookeville First United Methodist Church where he was an usher, a member of the Backsliders Sunday School Class and United Methodist Men’s group.

He was active in the TTU Emeriti Faculty, TTU Garden Club, where he was the auctioneer for their annual Plant Sale, and the Putnam County Retired Teachers Association...

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Whitson Funeral Home and 1-2 pm. Saturday at the church. Services will be conducted by Rev. Drew Shelley. Burial will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: nieces Levena E. (Boyd) Kline and Frances E. (Walter Keith) Crawford; great nieces Caroline Crawford, Amy J. (Walter) Campbell and Mary J. (Jim) Kinnaman; great nephews Tommy (Lisa) Jones, Walter (Tammy) Crawford, III and Lee (Kim) Jones, III; several other great nieces and nephews and other relations.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Willie Rush Hunter Jewell; brother Harold C. and Mary Jewell, and their daughter Delorah Jewell Moore.

Pallbearers will be family members. Honorary: TTU Chemistry Department, Backsliders Sunday School Class and Ushers of the First United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the James Powell and Willie Rush Jewell Scholarship at Tennessee Tech or to the Cookeville First United Methodist Church.

Whitson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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