Services are set for Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at Karnes & Sons Funeral Home in Dyer. Visitation will be this evening from 5 until 8.
Austin’s son, Bro. Charles Scott Jewell, will preside over the service with the assistance of Austin’s pastor, Bro. John Coleman of New Bethlehem Baptist Church. Vocal selections will be sung by Beverly Ratliff and Clarence Davidson, with congregational singing to conclude the service to be led by Dwight Porter, choir director at New Bethlehem.
Pallbearers are grandsons, Charles Adam Crowe and Kyle Jacob Crowe, both of Jackson; brothers-in-law, Perry Boyd of Knoxville and Ricky Boyd of Kenton; and fellow deacons, Frank West and Eston Hurst, both of Dyer, Doug Oakley of Milan and Kyle Crowe of Spring Hill.
Honorary pallbearers are Tom DePriest, Richard Gilmore, Ronnie Hollingsworth, Marion Flowers, Glen Reynolds, John Blake and Clarence Davidson; brother-in-law Tom Boyd; and son-in-law John David Johnson.
The family requests that memorials be given to Gideons International or The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
Austin was a member of New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dyer for over 50 years, where he served as a deacon. He was the self-employed owner of Jewell’s Steel Works in Rutherford for 21 years and worked at ITT in Milan for 20 years. A veteran, Austin was a fire fighter in the U.S. Air Force.
Known for his kind and sweet spirit and devotion to his family, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret (Boyd) Jewell. He leaves his daughter, Lorrie Lisa Johnson, and her husband, John David Johnson; and his son, Charles Scott Jewell, and daughter-in-law, Wendy, all from Dyer. He also leaves five grandchildren: Charles Adam Crowe and his fiancée, Amber Zehner, and Kyle Jacob Crowe and his wife, Beth, all of Jackson; Sarah-Ashley Elisabeth Crowe of Nashville; and Savannah Hope Jewell and Lorrie Grace Jewell, both of Dyer.
Austin was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Edward and Ethel May Jewell; three brothers, Carnell Jewell, Billy Jewell and Gerald Jewell; and two sisters, Sara Lou Owens and Freda Sommers.