Radney Funeral Home - Mobile

3155 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL


Jewell Vernell Highsmith Colee

October 21, 1931June 21, 2020

Mrs. Jewell Vernell Highsmith Colee, age 88, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Sadie Highsmith, husband, Clifton Colee, three children; Vera Jones, William Gary Preston, Randy A. Preston and four siblings.

Mrs. Colee retired after many years in retail sales with McRae’s (Belk) Department Store and was a longtime member of Georgetown Assembly of God. Jewell was always known for her kindness and respect for others. She was a joyful, happy person who shared that joy wherever she was. Her grandchildren will remember her as “the strongest woman I’ve ever known”..she was a perfect role model. She will be greatly missed by all.

Mrs. Colee is survived by her children; Bruce N. Preston, Brenda F. Pierce (Jerry) and James Andrew Preston. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Jean Chambers, eleven grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at Mobile Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Condolences may be offered at www.radneyfuneralhome.com.


  • Brenda F. Pierce and Jerry, Daughter and Son -in-law
  • Bruce N. Preston, Son
  • James Andrew Preston, Son
  • Barbara Jean Chambers, Sister
  • Tom and Sadie Highsmith, Parents (deceased)
  • Clifton Colee, Husband (deceased)
  • Vera Jones, Daughter (deceased)
  • William Gary Preston, Son (deceased)
  • Randy A. Preston, Son (deceased)
  • She is also preceded in death by four siblings and is survived by eleven grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Jewell Vernell Highsmith Colee

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Susan & Bryan Hahn

June 30, 2020

Jewell was one of a kind. I remember her as being able to ‘cut to the chase’ in her insightful observations. We knew her as a strong woman who had overcome many hardships in her life. Her faith always carried her through and she will be remembered for that. We were blessed to be the recipient of many of her prayers. She was, truly, a ‘jewel’ in God’s treasure chest.
Our thoughts go out to her family, particularly daughter Brenda (we share some sweet memories together of the many times we three prayed together, don’t we?) Won’t ever forget. God bless.

Bryan & Susan

Stephanie Austin

June 22, 2020

I want ever forget these two very speacil people. I remember being a young girl and Bro.Colee coming around on Saturdays doing his bubble gum ministry. He would,always pick us up in the Church Van. We grew so close. Sis Colee became my second Grandma. Her and My Mom was,very close back then. Staying in their Home they always made me feel so welcomed. I know she is truly blessed dancing with the Angels.

Samantha Preston

June 22, 2020

You will be greatly missed grandma. I love you very much R. I. P give Dad a hug and kiss from me and the boys. Until we meet again