Jacqueline “Gail” Jewell, 76, left this world on May 2, 2022 to be reunited with her family and friends in Heaven. Gail was born on December 9, 1945, in Dothan, Alabama, where she resided the majority of her life. She loved to travel and was an long distance truck driver for over 10 years at a time when women were waitresses, nurses or teachers but not semi-truck drivers. Her stories of being “on the road” could fill the pages of a book. They were stories were about working hard, making good friends and supporting her family. Later in life, Gail received her insurance license and became an agent working for Liberty National and in management at American General until she retired. In 2015, she moved to, Tennessee to be near her daughters and it was in Clarksville that she found her final home.
Gail loved the Lord, her family and Alabama football and could normally be found wearing “houndstooth” attire. Gail was a lucky lady and enjoyed playing Bingo and visiting the casinos. She was an avid fisherman and often reminded her son in laws that she was a better “fisherman” than either of them. She was an excellent cook and never followed a recipe instead, relying on how the food looked or felt. For the record, it will be impossible to recreate her “dressin” for the holidays. She made cat-head biscuits from scratch in a cast-iron skillet, fried cornbread with Adam’s cornmeal (she said that’s the only meal you’re ever supposed to use), and of course her Potato Salad which was only done after her daughter’s fought over the tasting spoon.
Gail had four children, Joey Shelley, Kimberly Turner, Mike Shelley and Donna Windham. She loved them with all her heart and raised them to be honest, loyal, kind, compassionate and independent. She taught her kids to respect other people, to use good manners and to treat others the way they wanted to be treated. She taught her children that if they could dream it they could achieve it and proudly watched each of her children graduate from College. She taught them to be proud of who they are and to hold their heads up high in any situation. Life wasn’t easy for her and she often went without to ensure her children never did. Gail had fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and the only thing that compared to the love she had for her children, was the love she had for her grandchildren. She will be missed in this world but has a host of family and friends to receive her in heaven including her son, Joey Shelley; her parents, Lois and Earl Woodham; her father, Jack Cordell; her grandparents, Euel and Fannie Clearman; her first husband, Wayne Shelley and her second husband, Jimmy Jewell. No one will miss her more than her children.
She leaves behind Kimberly and Brian Turner of Clarksville; Michael and Eliza Shelley of Ashford, AL; Donna and Kenny Windham of Clarksville; and Kimberly Jewell of Dothan, AL to cherish her memories and tell her stories. Her grandchildren and include Christopher and Jeri Turner (Sammy), Niklas Turner, Lauren Turner, Kaegan (Jenna) Shelley (Emerson, Kameron, Dalton, Andie), Kaitlyn Shelley, Kendall Shelley, Colby James Windham, Alexandria Shelley (Parker), Faith Ingram, Destiny Ingram (Ava, Kyson), Lexus and Michael Lovett, Mayce Ingram, Naylee Jones, and Bri Whatley. There can be no doubt that she is showing off pictures of them all in heaven. Gail also leaves behind a loving brother and sister in law, Jerry and Anita Cordell; a special cousin, Ginger Blair and special friends, Debbie Smith, Agnes Rye, Jim and Kalea Turner, and Helga Koontz.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the chapel of Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home with Rev. Susan Thompson and Rev. Ben Falls. Visitation will be Friday, May 6, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 10:00 AM until the hour of service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040; (931) 213-7631. Online condolences may be made at www.nealtarpleyparchman.com.
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