Jewel Owenby Tester, age 77, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Jewel was born April 29, 1941 in Buncombe County, a daughter of the late Raymond and Viola Tweed Owenby. She was a retired employee of Watauga Medical Center and a member of Green Valley Baptist Church.

Jewel is survived by two sons, Donny Tester and wife Lisa, and Wayne Tester and wife Melanie; six grandchildren, Josh Tester, David Tester and wife Kaila, Lacy Tester and fiance Clyde Lipford, Allen Tester, Andrew Tester, and Benjamin Tester; three great-grandchildren, Karlie and Kenzlleigh Lipford, and Allieanah Tester; four brothers, Roland Owenby and wife Lavada, Raymond Owenby, Brisco Owenby and wife Shirley, and Ray Owenby and wife Carole; two sisters, Alma Hopson and husband David, and Annette Austin and Jason, and two brothers-in-law, Bill Tester and wife Geneva, and Jerry Tester and wife Bobbie. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Everette Tester; one son, Jimmy Tester, and five sisters, Rebecca Creasman, Hazel Owenby, Corlus Goforth, Maxine Fuller, and Marva Bradley.

Funeral services for Jewel Owenby Tester will be conducted Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:00 o'clock at Green Valley Baptist Church. Pastor Eric Cornett and Preacher Greg Thompson will officiate. Interment will follow in Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00, at the church, one hour prior to the service.

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