Ramblin' Rhodes: Goodbye to Precious Jewell.

Somehow in the busy start of this summer I missed the obituary of a wonderful friend named James Edward “Jim” Jewell of Grovetown, who died June 19. He would have been 90 on Sept. 8.

Customers knew him for 30 years as the owner of Jim’s Lawn Service, but thousands of music fans in the Augusta area knew him better for his uncountable appearances playing guitar for many years with Eryn Eubanks’ Family Fold band.

He and guitarist Mike Merritt came to be known as adopted members of the Eubanks family, performing with Eryn, Patrick and Ricie Eubanks on canal boat cruises and at music festivals, schools, churches and area restaurants and nightclubs.

There was no mistaking Jewell’s unmistakable voice singing classic numbers like “Just Because,” “Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine” and “I Overlooked An Orchid (While Searching For a Rose)” and for his kind nature which prompted the nickname “Precious Jewell.”

John Doren of Martinez, Ga., said it well on the legacy.com site in noting, “The loss of Mr. Jewell is a loss for all of us. He was a good and decent man and an inspiration to all who met him. It was an honor to play guitar with and learn from him, an authentic and honest musical voice. In his singing and playing, he could define a song. When he performed, there was a depth and directness that seemed to convey exactly what the author of a song intended. His encyclopedic knowledge of several musical genres was a continual wonder and delight.”

--- Don Rhodes of The Augusta Chronicle

Thursday, July 20th, 2017.

In Loving Memory of The Family Fold's Jim "Precious" Jewell

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Mr. James Edward Jewell, "Precious Jewell," entered into rest on Monday, June 19, 2017.

Mr. Jewell was a member of Bible Deliverance Temple. He was a member of the Eryn Eubanks & The Family Fold band. He enjoyed gospel music, bluegrass music, and fishing. Mr. Jewell owned Jim's Lawn Service for 30 years in Augusta, GA.

Mr. Jewell is preceded in death by his siblings: Eugene Bryant, Bobby Copeland, Henry Copeland and Melvin Copeland. Survivors are his children, Nicky Jewell (Debbie), Carl Jewell, Gail Brown, Melinda Mansfield and step-daughter, Martha German; siblings, Eunice Dicky, Brenda Tyson, George Copeland and Marcus Copeland; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 pm, Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Bible Deliverance Temple with Dr. Kelly McKnight, Pastor Charlotte Ginn, and Pastor Eryn Eubanks Miller officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior at the church. Pallbearers who will honor Mr. Jewell are Brian Jewell, Tyler Jewell, Lonnie Sevier, Leon Dickey, Frank Carstarphen, and Buddy King. Honorary pallbearers are Patrick Eubanks, Greg Miller, James Pounds, John Wilson, Mike Merritt, Don Duarte, and John Doren. The family would like to thank Mr. Jewell's amazing grandson, Christopher Brown, for taking care of his Pops and Regency Hospice for all of their support and compassion.

- Published in The Augusta Chronicle on June 21st, 2017.

Eryn's 29th Birthday

Help celebrate local music star Eryn Eubanks' 29th birthday from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at St. Luke's Church, 3081 Wheeler Road, in Augusta.

It's free and there will be lots of bluegrass, folk, and country music jamming by Eubanks and her Family Fold band as well as anyone else who wants to join in playing.

The heavily popular and ultra-sweet artist who plays about 15 instruments (not all at the same time, of course) also can be heard 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 28, at SouthBound Smokehouse, 1855 Central Avenue, in Augusta.

- Don Rhodes of The Augusta Chronicle

April 20th, 2017

Augusta Magazine’s Bluegrass & Christian Bands

BLUEGRASS BAND... Readers sent Delta Cane off into the sunset with a gold medal to tell the grandkids about in their golden years.  Thanks for the memories.  Meanwhile, Eryn Eubanks & The Family Fold - of silver medal fame - is still kickin’ it, while Doug & The Henrys get third.

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN BAND... “Christian” as in “incorporating gospel themes into the act.”  “Contemporary” as in “plugging amplifiers into electric wall sockets, recording digitally, and what have you.”  By that definition (loosely), readers chose Funmilayo Ngozi.  She is a force of nature, trust us.  When Ryan Abel gets religious on us, it can send a chill down your spine.  And finally, Eryn Eubanks & The Family Fold round out this trinity.

- The Augusta Magazine's "Best of Augusta"

October 6th, 2016