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Jewel P. Brown

Jewel P. Brown Jewel P. Brown

Jewel Pearl Mackey-Taylor-Brown, 74, Corydon, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.
Born Sept. 2, 1941, in West Point, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Paul William Mackey and Jessie Ruth Perry.
She joined Love Union Baptist Church in West Point and was baptized by the Rev. Ed Ramsey. After her family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., she joined Great Joy Baptist Church. She graduated from Girls High School in Brooklyn, went to Central Evening Commercial School and graduated with a business degree in bookkeeping/accounting. She worked for the Charles Roy Colin law firm in Brooklyn, the Bedford Health Clinic, the Brooklyn Tuberculosis and Health Association, the Maryland Cup Corp., the Eagle Cone Corp., the City of New York Dept. of Welfare, the Michigan State Employment Office in Detroit, the West Point (Ga.) public schools and the Dept. of Transportation in Atlanta, Ga., was an inspector at Olin Matheson Chemical in Charlestown, was a bookkeeper/biller/teller at the Floyd County Bank in New Albany, worked for the Corydon Country Club, was a counselor/therapist at Lincoln Hills Development Corp. and Neighborhood Youth Corps in Tell City, worked for the Gould’s Power Metal Corp. in Salem, Harrison County Hospital and Indian Creek Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, both in Corydon, and the House of Beauty Cosmetology School in Jeffersonville and was manager of the Ebony Beauty Shop and Miss Jewel’s House of Beauty, both in Jeffersonville. She also home schooled many young children and was influential in teaching Black History in Indiana. She joined St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Corydon in 1965 and served as pianist, choir director, young people’s choir president, pastor’s aide, building fund president, church secretary, pastor’s steward, trustee, interdenominational choir president, church historian, lay organization president and Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute event organizer. She helped to organize Community Unity in Harrison County and had several singing groups in West Point, Ga., Brooklyn, N.Y., and Indiana.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, James and Pearlie Stiggers Bonner and Jesse and Pearl Gunn-Mackey.
Survivors include a daughter, Jessica Alicia Brown of Corydon; her stepmother, Princetta Mackey; two brothers, William Kenneth Mackey of Toms River, N.J., and Paul Moss of South Carolina; nine sisters, Mary Ann Moss-Cooper of Boston, Mass., Pauline A. Drayton-Ingraham and Deborah T. Bonner, both of Jacksonville, Fla., Vannie R. Robinson of Alcoa, Tenn., Priscilla A. Scales of Livonia, Ga., Sarah L. McGraw of Huntsville, Ala., Carolyn Mackey-Bailey and Zelma L. Mackey-Brock, both of West Point, and Francais C. Mackey-Austin of Atlanta, Ga.; a nephew, Wayne D. Ayers of Corydon; and a host of cousins, brothers-in-law and other relatives.
Visitation: Friday, June 24, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon and Saturday, June 24, after 11 a.m. at Corydon Christian Church ‘ Disciples of Christ.
Funeral: Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m. at the church with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon.
Officiant: Father John T. Judie.
Pallbearer: Wayne Ayers, Charles and Marvin Beauchamp, Steven Snyder, Ronnie Lofton and Terry Lynn Baker.
Honorary pallbearers: Ray Alan Brunner, Eddie Wallace, Robert Newbolt Jr., Reginald Baker, Tyrone Bonner, Leroy Bonner, Francais Christopher Bonner, Charles Lee Ayers, Harold Valentine, Clark Hardsaw, Charles (Butch) Luney, Hugh Boyd, Jimmy Brown, Tim Kingsley, Chris Hall, Bill Davis and Michael Ray Beauchamp.
The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Corydon.