Jewel Elizabeth Cravey Allday, 76, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday afternoon, September 9, 2020, at the Memorial Satilla Health System in Waycross.
Born in Milan August 7, 1944, she had lived in Fernandina Beach, FL for many years prior to moving to Pierce County in 2010. She was a 1963 graduate of Telfair County High School where she had played basketball. Growing up poor instilled in her a drive to make the most of her life and that she did and did it well. When you hear the saying “Jack of all Trades” it should say “Jackie of all Trades” for she could do anything she set her mind to and pretty much did. In her younger days, she had worked at a sewing factory then managed a satellite/cable business before moving to the coast and obtaining her real estate/broker license and opening Camelot Realty in Shellman Bluff. She would go on to develop the property that is now Sutherland Bluff and had owned numerous properties in Georgia and Florida over the years. It has only been within the past two years that she retired from real estate.
She was a Mrs. Atkinson County beauty queen and would go on to compete in the Mrs. Georgia pageant in Atlanta. It was this accomplishment that really seemed to boost her self-esteem. Following is a list of things she has done in life and it is simply amazing: she became a master diver and dove all over the Florida coast as well as Costa Rica and other exotic locations; she became a tattoo artist – seriously, an aerobics instructor, a disc jockey, and even dug wells. She loved to read – especially her Bible, loved watching the ID Channel, had traveled all over the world and loved music – she was a great pianist and singer. All of these things are incredible but do not put a dent into the things she loved the most – her Lord and Savior, her girls and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who all called her Grandma Jewel. Such an amazing lady also had an amazing heart and in addition to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren calling her Grandma Jewel so did anyone else who knew her. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and loved her church family.
She was a daughter of the late Robert Augustus and Julia Baxter Hart Cravey. She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Rhett David “Jeremy” Gray; two sisters, Angela Bohannan, and SueEllen Black; and all three of her brothers, Robert A. “Hal” Cravey, Dan Cravey and Rodney Cravey.
Survivors include her two daughters, Cheri Hart Strickland, husband Bill, Blackshear and Julie “Dede” Childers, Ocilla; three sisters, Betty Echols, Macon, Latann Buchanan, Americus and Diane Joiner, Lumber City; two sisters-in-law, Betty Nell Cravey and Bertha Cravey, both of Milan; a cousin, Shirley Ussery, Milan; four grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Giddens, Morgan Childers, Ryan (Millie) Tanner and Jade (Jeffrey) Sexton; nine great-grandchildren, Laylah Giddens, Gavin Lindsey, Bailey Giddens, Wyatt Sexton, Paysen Ballard, Kendall Lindsey, Brystol Kate Jewel Giddens and twins, Lydiann Tanner and Kathryan Tanner and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Vistation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday, September 11, at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 11, from the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Interment will follow at 4 p.m. that afternoon in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery in Milan.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.