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Jewel Weaver Dailey, 79, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023. A graduate of Jackson High School, Mrs. Jewel followed her dream of being a nurse by going to nursing school. However, life had other plans for her. She met the love of her life, Edward Dailey, and it all changed. Being a bright young man himself, Edward did not want to marry a ‘mixed up teenager’ and thus waited until the day after she turned 20 to tie the knot! Together, they built a house, which they made into a home, and raised two boys. Theirs was a home that was open to any and all who were in need…of sustenance or just love.
Going through life together, Mrs. Jewel and Mr. Edward loved gardening. They grew, and she cooked, many vegetables as well as growing prize-winning watermelons—possibly one of the largest in Clarke County at that time! Usually, once a week, she hosted large groups of family at her dinner table to enjoy those fruits of her labor in the garden and kitchen. She worked hard in her flowerbeds and was rewarded with beautiful flowers each year.
Being loaded with talent, Mrs. Jewel was also an artist. She created pottery and ceramics. Each grandchild was given, and still treasures, at least one piece of ceramic that she made and presented to them. But her talents extended far beyond that! A favorite tale among the grandchildren is when she was able to run over herself…with her own truck…while she was driving. It seems that as she was driving along, she leaned out of the door to pick up something on the ground, which caused her to fall, allowing her legs to get in front of the wheels! Luckily, no bones were broken but there was some bruising, of her legs and her ego!
Mrs. Jewel loved going down to the creek to fish..and cook..and just hang out with her family. It was an extension of her home where there was joy and togetherness and where many memories were made. There is a special bench on the dock that she shared over time with different family members and where memorable photos were made.
As much as her home and the creek meant to her though, Mrs. Jewel loved her church. Over the years, she was involved in most aspects of its ministry. She watched the little ones in the nursery. She taught Sunday School. She taught in Vacation Bible School. She was part of the WMU. She sang in the choir. And in a church known for having good cooks for dinners on the ground, she was one of those cooks! A devout Christian lady, Mrs. Jewel loved the Lord and was a faithful, supportive member of her church.
However, all was not joy and peace in her life. Cancer raised its ugly head three times in her life and became the thorn in her side. She fought it courageously for many years along with the various ailments that came along with it. Her determination and fortitude gave her family and friends a shining example of faith in her Lord and perseverance in the face of adversity.
She is survived by:
Son: Robbie (Vickie) Dailey
Brother: Irby (Vicki) Weaver
Sister: Valda (Terry) Hutto
Six grandchildren: Lacey (Jake) Kiracofe, Wesley McCorkel, Margaret (Jesse) Pope, Justin Dailey, Hunter Dailey, Bob (Carla) Dailey
Eleven great grandchildren: Charlie, JW, Skylar, Krista, John Edward, Gauge, Levi, Jacob, Dillon, Katie, Lexie
Three great-great grandchildren: Addie, John Landon, Koen
She was preceded in death by:
Husband: Edward G. Dailey
Son: Gene "Wildchild" Dailey
Parents: Irby G. Weaver and Willie M. Weaver
Brother: Reggie Weaver
Sister: Aleta W. Pugh
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Walker Springs. The funeral will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Hopewell Cemetery on Simmons Creek Road.
Bro. Wayne Jones and Bro. Terry Hutto will officiate and St. Stephens Funeral Home will direct.
Pallbearers: Ben Wolfe, Michael Waddill, Ryan Davis, Clay Walker, Eastwood Thomas, Dillon Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers: Teco Foxx, Boog Tolbert, Eddie Pezent, Warren Waddill, Bart Tarleton, Ronnie Tarleton, Tripp Winters, Terry Hutto, Richard Williams.