Jewel Lawrence Dailey was born on October 30, 1925, to William and Lorraine Dailey in Eufaula, Oklahoma. He was the last of twelve siblings. His mother chose his name because he was her “precious jewel.”
He attended and graduated from Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California and Bay Cities Bible College in Oakland California.
Jewel enjoyed a life filled with adventures and service. He joined the United States Army in 1951 and worked as an artillery specialist for two years.
He received Christ at an early age, and after moving to California in 1947 he united with the North Richmond Missionary Baptist church in Richmond, California where he was active in the Sunday school, choir, vacation Bible School & BTU. He also participated in other singing groups outside of his home church.
He married Velda Lee Pannell on October 11, 1959, in Hoffman, Oklahoma. From that union, they welcomed three children, Karen Ann, Laurence Edward, and Philana Ve.
After an honorable discharge from the armed forces, he worked various jobs until he was employed by the United States Postal Service. He retired from the postal service in 1989 and moved his family from Richmond, California to Sacramento, California where he united with Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church.
At St. Paul, Jewel was active in the choir, Sunday School, convalescent home ministries, and laymen’s ministries until his health began to decline.
God clearly worked throughout Jewel’s life and spared him many times. He was shot, struck by lightning, involved in multiple car accidents, and had a bout with cancer.
Jewel Lawrence Dailey departed this life in the early morning hours of February 26, 2019. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Philana V. Cain, and grandson, Bakari H. Dailey. Also preceding him were siblings, Roosevelt Dailey, Rebecca Anderson, Oscar Dailey, Ethel Spivey, Otis Dailey, Mabel Law, Herman Dailey, Harry Dailey, Jonathan Dailey, and Nathaniel Dailey. He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife of 59 years, Velda Lee Dailey, his children, Karen and Laurence (Kimber), and his sister Mae Osbourne. His grandchildren; Geneva White (Lynell), Rochelle Westbrooks, Erin Briley, Perez Westbrooks, Angelica Dailey, Imani Dailey, and Zion Cain. His great-grandchildren; Jayda Burton, Ohana White, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.