Mrs. Jewell Delora Spell White, age 89, of Lumber City, passed away July 25 at Community Hospice in Vidalia.
Born March 28, 1931, in Hazlehurst, she was the daughter of the late Gaines Erastus Spell and Mattie Hand Spell. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Hilton White, sisters, Louise Ryles and Eunice Johnson and brothers Loyal Spell, Raleigh Spell, and L.W. Spell, all of Hazlehurst.
She is survived by one daughter, P. J. Canady, and son-in-law Matt Canady of Azle, Texas; sons, Kirby Videtto of Macon, and Joseph Videtto of Moultrie; granddaughter, Caroline Turner of Lake Jackson, Texas; grandsons, Bryce Turner of Denton, Texas, and Carter Howard of Lizella; sister, Corene Grosse of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother Donnie Spell of Hazlehurst; many nieces and nephews; her “honorary son” Skylar Spurlin; and very special friends, Kathee McDuffie and Michelle Holder.
Jewell spent most of her adult years living in Macon, moving to Alston in 1999 to be closer to extended family. She loved working in her yard and always had the most beautiful flowers. Often people driving by would stop to admire her yard and ask for flower cuttings. In her latter years, she enjoyed making others smile, socializing with staff and other residents, and playing Bingo at Lumber City Nursing and Rehab. She was even crowned “Mrs. Valentine” a few years ago at the nursing home pageant. She loved her “pink room” with strawberry pink walls, and photos of her loved ones covered almost every inch of those walls. Everyone who knew her loved her. Most of the staff at the nursing home called her “mama” and many would come to her room during the day just to give her a hug. She had an infectious smile and laugh, and such a sweet personality. She had a kind, gentle heart and she was our “precious Jewell” and we cherish the memories. Jewell was a Christian having given her heart to Jesus Christ years ago and she enjoyed attending the various church services at the nursing home. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic that claimed her life, a small, private graveside service was held July 28, officiated by her nephew Jimmie Ryles at Bridgeford Church of God Cemetery in Hazlehurst. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to “Activities Fund in the Memory of Jewell White” and send to c/o Lumber City Nursing and Rehab, P. O. Box 188, Lumber City, GA 31549. All donations will go toward activities for the residents.
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