Ms. Jewel Elizabeth Cravey Allday, 76 of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday afternoon, September 9, 2020, at the Memorial Satilla Health Systems.
Born in Milan, GA on August 7, 1944, she had lived in Fernandina Beach, FL for many years prior to moving to Pierce County in 2010. Ms. Allday 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.
Ms. Allday 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. Ms. Allday 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 & 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, of Blackshear and Julie “Dede” Childers of Ocilla; three sisters, Betty Echols of Macon, Latann Buchanan of Americus, and Diane Joiner of Lumber City; two sisters-in-law, Betty Nell Cravey and Bertha Cravey both of Milan; a cousin, Shirley Ussery of Milan; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Giddens, Morgan Childers, Ryan (Millie) Tanner, and Jade (Jeffrey) Sexton; 9 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.
Funeral services for Ms. Allday will be held Friday morning, September 11, 2020, at 11:00 am at the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery in Milan, GA at 4 pm on Friday.
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.
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