Donald Edgar Tewell

Donald Edgar Tewell

Donald Edgar Tewell passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in his home with his loving family by his side following a short battle with cancer.

He was born in Waynesburg, May 13, 1937, son of the late Donald Ephriam Tewell and Betty Louise Rush Tewell.  

Upon graduation, Waynesburg High School Class of 1955, he joined the US Navy, serving with the US Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three (Sea Bees MCB3) from 1955-1959, stationed in the Phillipines and Okinawa.

Donald worked for General Tire and Rubber Co in Akron, Ohio and new house construction for 10 years, returning to Greene County where he worked for several construction companies and UMWA Construction projects – R.G. Johnson, Atlas, Dick Corp., Carbon Resources to name a few.  

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR Racing, football and hockey. One of his hobbies was wood working and giving his projects away.  Samples of his handiwork can be found from coast to coast. He was a devoted husband, father and loyal friend, who will be missed by all. 

Survivng are his wife of over 56 years, Judy Harrell Tewell; two daughters, Diane (Jim) McManus of Maryland, Deborah Negley of Waynesburg; son, Thomas Tewell of Waynesburg; three brothers, Terry (Ruth) Tewell of AZ, Tom (Geremy) of NC and Jeff Tewell of TX; Five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Deceased in addition to his parents is a son-in-law Ciricus (Butch) Negley.

He was a member and attended the Jefferson United Methodist Church.  A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Jefferson United Methodist Church.

The family is very grateful for the care and compassion he received from the nurses of Amedisys Hospice, Masontown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 190 Washington St., Jefferson, PA 15344.

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  1. Mary Zehner says:

    Debbie so sorry. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Hugs.

  2. Donna StClair says:

    we lost a very close and dear friend of many years. Jim and my son, Kevin, spent many happy hours hunting with Ed. Kevin will have to go it alone now, but I am sure Jim and Ed are up there talking about all the good times they have had together and all the “mishaps” they have encountered. He will be missed by all.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  3. Sheila and Bill Black says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. Many memories from HS to WG to FL to Jefferson.
    He was a special fellow and we know you and the girls will miss him dearly.

  4. Janice Hatfield says:

    I am so sorry, Judy! I just wanted you to know I am thinking about you.

  5. Bill Gwynn says:

    Dear Judy and Family,

    I just learned that Ed passed away. Although we were cousins, I always thought of him more as a friend. He truly was a nice guy and a good man. I know you were both blessed to have shared each others lives for so many years.