October 6, 1920 ~ December 20, 2007

Born in: Mecklenburg Co., NC,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Fletcher – Jewell Raines Harwood, 87, died Thursday, December 20, 2007, at the Elizabeth House. A native of Mecklenburg County, she was the daughter of the late Jessie and Bonnie Anderson Franks. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Raines, in 1970; a daughter, Peggy Raines; four sisters and one brother. Mrs. Harwood was a member of Balfour Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, James Harwood; three daughters, Clara Lawrence of Oteen, Mary Lou Camby of Asheville and Jo Ann Lunsford of Barnardsville; six sons, Gene Franks of Candler, Jimmy Raines of Arden, Marvin Raines, Kenneth Raines and John Raines, all of Fletcher and Danny Raines of Hendersonville. Also surviving are one brother, Ernest Franks of Asheville; 24 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the Balfour Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Travis Harrison, Tollie Cunningham and Ray Wynes. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers with great grandsons as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:30 P.M. Friday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road. Memorials may be made to Elizabeth House Hospice, 581 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC, 28731.

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  1. My sympathies to the Raines – Harwood families. I met Jewell and several of her children a few years back at the Morris family reunion at the old Recreation Park near Oteen. I enjoyed meeting her and the family, and have missed her at the reunions in recent years.
    My prayers are with the family.

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  2. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire family during this most difficult time. I never had the honor of meeting the kind lady. However, I have heard many cheerful stories from her Granddaughters Sharon and ‘Sissy’. Gene Franks and family have always been gracious to me, and I can’t help but think that it all stemmed from this dear lady. May God bless and comfort you all.

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  3. You are in our thought and prayers, Frank and Barbara Stuart, Phyliss and Ted Cogburn, Chris and Nathan, Teresa, David, Jamie and Jessica Messer, Cindy and Kevin McCurry, Felicia and Jake Buckner, Nick, Crystal, Kylie, Katlyn Reeves.

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  4. To all of my dear cousins,whom I have not seen in probably 40 years.I am so saddened by Aunt Jewels passing.The last time I saw aunt Jewell, was at Richards (Ballew) funeral and when I approached her she didn’t know who I was.I of course told her and she was so surprised.I will always remember the look on her face.Please know that because I live in Ga. I still remember all of you. Please call or e-mail me sometime. Please know you are all in my prayers. Love and prayers to all of you. Kathy&Jim

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