A wake service will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc., 607 Kaigler Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 5, 2010 at Saint Paul A.M.E. Church, 110 Johnson Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Reverend Norris Harris, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Mrs. Jewel McClendon Wakefield was born October 12, 1918 in Oglethorpe, Macon County, Georgia to the late A. C. McClendon and Alice Smith. Two siblings preceded her in death, A. C. "Bubba" McClendon, Jr. and Rose McClendon Respress. She was educated in Macon County Public School System where she attended the Rosenwald School in Oglethorpe, Georgia and graduated from Macon County Training High School in Montezuma, Georgia. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida where she obtained her degree in Cosmetology from Nickerson Beauty School. At an early age, she joined the Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Rev. J. E. Jackson, where she served as President of the Usher Board Ministry, member of the Women's Missionary Board and Stewardess Board.
She was united in Holy matrimony to the late Rev. T. R. Wakefield, Sr. To this union, she was blessed with eleven step-children, three preceded her in death, Vera Gardner (James),Samuel Wakefield and Willie Wakefield (Marilyn).
Jewel was dedicated to her niece and great nephews; Debra and children. She loved her as a daughter. Survivors are Debra Thomas, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Leon Thomas, III, Houston, Texas, Jermaine Thomas, Brandon Thomas, both of Oglethorpe, Georgia and Lakeisha Thomas, Hampton, Virginia; great great nieces, Shaniya Thomas and Makayla Kaigler; seven step children, Thomas Wakefield, Naomi Thomas (Bennie), all of Americus, Georgia, Mary Minion, T. R. Wakefield, Jr., both of Plains, Georgia, Herman Wakefield (Bobbie), Oakland, California, Daisy B. King and Franklin Wakefield (Roxie), all of Jacksonville, Florida; step daughter-in-law, Dorothy Wakefield, Jacksonville, Florida; stepsister, Ruth Bray, Chicago, Illinois; Nephew, Walter Bridges (Priscilla), Atlanta, Georgia; other great nephews, Torry McClendon (Latrise), Atlanta, Georgia, Ronald Tramell McClendon, Montezuma, Georgia and Kelvin Harris, Oglethorpe, Georgia; a cousin, Ella Frances Williams, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a host of step grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren; a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Thinking of you. We are praying for you and with you.
The Clark Family Leslie Ga.
I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Jewel was the perfect example of a "lady", lovely, loving, and spiritual. Her beauty and presence will always be missed.
James and Treny Brown.
TO THE FAMILY OF MRS.JEWEL, GOD WILL COMFORT YOU DURING YOUR TIME OF SORRY. SHE WILL BE MISS BY MANY WHO KNEW HER.
LOVE PATRICIA WALKER, ROBERT LEE & ANNIE HILL,JANICE LEGGETT,RAYMOND & EUGENE HILL
Sorry for your loss
Michelle Hill Hollis
To Debra,& the entire family we thought a lot of Mrs. Jewel,& she is really gone be missed. You all have our upmost deepest sympathy, just look toward the hills which cometh your health, keep the faith & he surely will make it better by & by.
Shirley Kendrick & Family
We send special prayers and sympathy to the family. We pray God's strength upon you .
Ola and Harry Turner
i am very sorry about the loss of your loved..remember that GOD only want the best.
jackie ivory &family
You will truly be missed and our prayers go out to the family.
My deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Jewel Wakefield. She was a beautiful person and her kindness will never be forgotten.
Sorry for your lost she will be missed by each of you in a different way,
Inez & Johnny Battle
My prayers are with your family.May God continue to be with your family.
Ms. Helen Ivory and family
Mrs. Jewel was a "Princess" to me. I told her so everytime I saw her. She was a distant cousin whom I love dearly- beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. I just saw her last month on my visit home. God blessed us all with knowing her and having the opportunity to love her.
RIP: Mother Jewel, You were the most pleasant voice on WMNZ Radio AM for years. You were a
wonderful role and Mentor. Gone but not forgotten.
Payne Bottom Community Club, Macon County Ga.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sister Wakefield. She will always be remembered as the beautiful and compassionate woman whom we considered as part of our family. Even though she will be truly missed, our prayers are that her family and friends will be comforted in knowing that she is now at peace.
Felicia and Andrew Hull & the Wright Family
We will always remember her kind and loving way. She was a precious jewel
Mack & Shirley Bryant Polk & Families-Plains & Americus, GA
Our sympathy to Our "Mother Jewel"
Your Grandson:LARRY D. WAKEFIELD SR. and Great Grandson:Larry D. Wakefield Jr.
We love and miss you!
Margaret McCants and family
May God continue to bless each of you and keep you in His perfect will.
Carroll W. Cromer Jacksonville, Fl 32218
I listened to her for years she will be missed.God will strengthen you keep him first
Rev. C.D. Aldridge,Jr.