Born in 1929 in the Bristol home her grandfather built, Jewel is a pillar of the community, serving various roles at King University, Lee Street Baptist Church, the YWCA of Bristol’s Board of Directors, the American Red Cross, the Slater Community Center, and Healing Hands Health Center. In 2017, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslem declared her an Aide-de-Camp, an honor that carries the title of Tennessee Colonel. King has previously recognized her many decades of distinguished service by naming a campus street in her honor, presenting her with the university’s first-ever Lifetime Service Award, and establishing the Jewel H. Bell Scholarship, which has provided more than $2.3 million in aid to students since 2008.
Although she has shared so much of herself with others, Jewel made her own family a top priority. She and Lawrence, her husband of 50 years, raised three children – all of whom are college educated. Together, they have blessed her with seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.