OBITUARY

Hughie Jackie Bewley

September 9, 1937March 5, 2019
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Hughie Jackie Bewley, age 81, of Russellville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. He was born on September 9, 1937 in Harlan, KY. He attended the Landmark Church of God. Jackie was retired from NCR, where he worked for 34 years in the shipping department. He was also a retired member of the Morristown Rescue Squad, where he served faithfully for over 37 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed. His was a life well lived. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lona Bewley; sister, Louise Walker; brothers, R. C. Lipton, Rev. R. B. Bewley and Donald Bewley. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, D. Sue Bewley; daughters, Judy Bewley (David) Wise, Tereasa Bewley (Ritchie) Hayes, Amy Bewley (Randy) Jones; son, Rev. Jonathon (Pam) Bewley. He had 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his newly found brother, Richard Mihalek of Wisconsin, Bob Bewley of Rogersville, J. R. Bewley of Morristown; and sisters, Betty Jones and Patsy (Larry) Walker of Morristown. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Jonathon Bewley officiating. Family and friends will meet in Hamblen Memory Gardens on Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. graveside service with Rev. Ray Pratt officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Serenity House. The family wishes to give a special thank you to Serenity House and Amedisys Hospice for their care. Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, TN

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, March 9, 2019
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Biography

Hughie Jackie Bewley was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Jackie always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Jackie was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

Jackie was born on September 9, 1937 at home in Harlan, Kentucky. His parents were Ralph and Lona Bewley. Jackie was raised in Russellville, Tennessee. Always able to express himself well, Jackie possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Jackie was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

Blessed with a balanced attitude, Jackie was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Jackie was raised with nine siblings. He had brothers, Richard Mihalek, R. C. Lipton, R. B. Bewley, Louise Walker, Bob Bewley, Don Bewley, Betty Jones, Patsy Walker, J. R. Bewley. Jackie had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

Friends and acquaintances found Jackie an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Jackie was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, one of his best friends was Johnny Thomas. Later in life, he became friends with Tim Strange, Danny Burja, Jerry Self, Don Owen, and Don Rhodes.

Jackie was attentive to Sue's feelings, and he charmed Sue and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Jackie was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

Very much like a kid himself, Jackie identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Jackie was blessed with four, Judy, Tereasa, Amy, and Jonathan. They were also blessed with thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Jessica, Dustin, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Braden, Addison, Ana, Colsen, Jackson, Johmichael, Hudson, Abigail, and great-grandchildren: Deacon, Lillanna, Cash, Landon, Jack and Olivia Lane.

Jackie was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Jackie’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Jackie was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Jackie could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was in the shipping department. He was employed for thirty-four years at National Cash Register.

Jackie enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were with the search and rescue dog team for the Morristown Rescue Squad. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Jackie was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Jackie worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout his later years, Jackie was an active member of the Morristown Rescue Squad.

Travel and vacations were experiences that Jackie truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Hawaii, New Mexico, and Edisto Beach.

Jackie was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Jackie’s favorites was Bailey and Sophie, Boston Terriers. They were best friends for Sophie for 15 years and Bailey for 6 years.

When Jackie’s retirement finally came in 2003 from NCR, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed.

Jackie passed away on March 5, 2019 at Serenity House from Lewy Body Dementia. He is survived by his wife Sue, children, Judy Wise, Tereasa Hayes, Amy Jones and Jonathan Bewley; brothers, Bob Bewely, J. R. Bewley, Richard Mihalek; and sisters, Betty Jones and Patsy Walker; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Stubblefield Funeral Home. Jackie was laid to rest in Hamblen Memory Gardens.

Jackie was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Jackie had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Hughie Jackie Bewley.