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   Johnny Gene Jewell, age 76 of West Plains, Missouri passed away August 25, 2023, at National Healthcare in West Plains, Missouri. Johnny was born September 29, 1946, to Lawrence and Maggie (Carter) Jewell in Koshkonong, Missouri.

   Johnny married the love of his life Judy Hiller on May 4, 1968, in Marquette, Michigan. They were happily married for fifty-five years. During this union two daughters were born Jennifer and Jamie.

   John proudly served in the US Air force for three years and five months. After that he opened and ran Jewell’s Auto Repair in Thayer, Missouri for twenty years. John liked gardening, working outside and reading. John loved to listen to Bluegrass music, helping others, spending time with his family and playing with his grandkids.

  John didn’t go to church, but he was of the Baptist faith.

   He is survived by his wife Judy; two daughters Jennifer Girdley of West Plains, Missouri and Jamie Johnson, husband Arnell of Cassville, Missouri; five grandchildren Austin Houts, Devin Girdley, Avrie Girdley, Jonathan Jewell and Hanna Johnson; three great-grandchildren Hadley Houts, Haylen Houts and Finn Johnson; brother Henry Jewell, wife Ruth of Thayer, Missouri, brother Jimmy Jewell, of Thayer, Missouri, sister Alice Jennings, husband Finnely of Crane, Missouri, brother Teddy Jewell of Thayer, Missouri, sister Patsy Eagleburger, husband Eric of Walnut Grove, Missouri; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

   He is preceded in death by his parents; two half-brothers; and one half-sister.

  Funeral services  will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri. Visitation will be August 30, at 12:00 until time of the service.

  Interment will be on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, in Shiloh Grand Gulf Cemetery, Koshkonong, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research





  1. Alice jennings
    August 28, 2023 @ 3:43 pm

    My brother was so kind and he treated all with respect. He taught me how to swim. His smile was a light in his could take him at his word.cif he could help he would or try his best. A awesome air force man . He loved his country. His family was his main concern. He was a great father ,grand dad, brother . My heart ache from losing him but I happy I know where he is at.


  2. Kristi Brown and Family
    August 28, 2023 @ 4:25 pm

    Sor very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.


  3. Dustin W Mahan
    August 29, 2023 @ 12:42 pm

    Austin Houts and Jewell families, I’m sorry for the loss of your grandfather.


  4. Mary Boler
    August 29, 2023 @ 12:46 pm

    Johnny was good man and friend for many years. Always willing to fit my car in when it needed repairs. Always appreciated him and his help. He will be truly missed. Condolences to family


  5. Rachel Rothgeb Johnson
    August 30, 2023 @ 3:54 pm

    Mr. Jewell was such a good and kind man. Mom and I always enjoyed visiting with him whenever he worked on mom’s jeep. So very sad to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers with the family.


  6. Diane castlemam
    August 30, 2023 @ 4:07 pm

    My regards to the family


  7. Robin Ann Jewell
    August 30, 2023 @ 7:32 pm

    My Uncle John is the very best Uncle anyone could ask for. He helped me so much in my life. He is like another Father to me. He is my amazing Dad’s brother. I am hurt for loosing him like this. I am happy to know where he is at. He is no longer suffering on Earth. May My Uncle John Fly High Home To Be With Our Lord Jesus In Our Heavens. He is always loving & kind to me. He always listened. He is a good leader. I Am Proud To Be My Uncle John’s Niece. I will miss him with all of my heart. I remember when he taught me to drive. He taught me a lot in my life. I am the good person I am today because of my Uncle John. I carry my Uncle John inside of my heart. All of our beautiful memories within the family will grow & stay forever. We will all be reunited with him one day. I feel like he is still here with me in everything I do, he is still loving & teaching. I Will Miss My Uncle John So Much. You are forever embedded inside of my heart, My Sweet Uncle John. I Love You!!!
    With Sincere Love,
    Robin Ann Jewell


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