Jewel Ann Cason, born May 25, 1945, was the 8th of 11 children born to the late Oscar and Pauline Hale Cason. She graduated from Austin High School, Class of 1963. Jewel was a devoted member of New Friendship Baptist Church since 1970. She loved her church and worked in many capacities . Jewel faithfully worked with the choirs. She was the Choir Director and leader over the Junior Choir for 18 years. She sang on the Judah Praise Team, the Senior Choir and the Mass Choir at New Friendship. She also sang with the gospel group, Cornelius Majestic Singers for many years. In 1988, Sister Cason was the first woman to become a member of the New Friendship Baptist Church Board of Trustees. She also served as Church Clerk for two years. Her efforts, which seemed never-ending, continued in the latter part of 2008 as a member of the Senior Usher Board.
Jewel was employed by Union Carbide at K-25, Lockheed Martin, Martin Marietta Washington Group International, BWXT and BW Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, TN. She retired after 31 years of service.
Jewel was preceded in death by her grandson , Charles "Stevie" Earls; great-granddaughter, Angel Ford; parents, Oscar and Pauline Cason; sisters, Wilma Curd and Peggy Bush; brothers, Eddie, William "Bill", Hubert, Jackie and Paul; brother-in-law, Samuel Bush, as well as devoted and loving friend Claudean Patterson Harris.
She leaves to mourn her passing, a very loving and devoted daughter, Yolanda (McGhee) Bowden; loving granddaughter, Danesha (Alton) Ford Sr.; three grandsons, Errius (Jessica) Bowden, Antoine "Nick" Bowden, all of Jacksonville, Florida and Darius Bowden of California. She was "Nanny" to five beautiful great granddaughters. Her princesses, who always wore their tiaras, are Alayzha Ford, Aniyah, Charlize, Eriana and Kylie Bowden; two great-grandsons, Dorian Bowden and Alton Ford Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida; two loving sisters, Helen "Miss Mil" Cason and Wilhelmenia (Gregory) Yarborough; sister-in-law, Wilma "Chicken" Curd and brother-in-law, William "Curt" Curd; loving god-children, Wylie King Jr., Nikki Clark, Enrique and Devonte Porter, Ivana Patterson, Diamond and Jay Brown, DJ and Noah Clark; a host of very special nieces and nephews; devoted friends, Johnnie Mae and Richard Wright, Jackie Marshall, Peggy Jackson, Vanda McAulley, Sandra Turner, Wylie Sr. and Rev. Shirley King and Becky Robinson.
A special thank you to the New Friendship Baptist Church Family, Dr. Joseph B. and Mildred Smith whom she loved so dearly.
Thursday, June 13, 2019, the body will lie in repose from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The family will receive friends beginning at 11:00 a.m. until noon with a Homegoing Celebration to follow at New Friendship Baptist Church, 1933 Texas Avenue, Knoxville, TN. Reverend Dr. Joseph B. Smith officiating. Entombment will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery (Sutherland Avenue entrance) where a white dove release will conclude the service. Flowers may be delivered to the church the morning of the service. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon 1-800-824-8283 or http://www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com
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