OBITUARY: Jewell Juanell McGhee-Rader


Jewell Juanell McGhee-Rader, age 78 of Gallatin, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

Mrs. McGhee-Rader was born May 16, 1945 in McMinnville.

She is preceded in death by father, Jewel Randolph Lasley; daughter, Kellye Dawn Perry; and step-son, Alan Jeffrey Rader.

She is survived by husband of 33 years, Franklin “Leon” Rader of Gallatin; mother, Mirrel Ruth Hunt Lasley of Perry, GA; son, Michael Austin Rader (Paula) of Kernersville, NC; daughter, Tonya Patricia Williams (Don) of Lebanon; brother, Edwin Anthony Lasley of Decatur, GA; sister, Janette Walker (Johnny) of Perry, GA; daughter-in-law, Tracy Magliocco of Pittsboro, NC; grandchildren, Joshua Perry, Stephanie Bevil (Kevin), Lucas Perry, Benjamin Perry, Hayley Rader, Nicholas Rader, Destyn Rader, and Jaedyn Rader; and great-grandchildren, Eliana Bevil, Lucy Bevil, Olive Bevil, Judith Willow Bevil, Levi Bevil, Eve Bevil, Ivan Bevil, Aubrey Perry, and Aleck Perry.

Mrs. McGhee-Rader was an educator for many years, working in Bradley County and Sumner County at Union Elementary (as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal), and serving as principal of Indian Lake Elementary for 17 years; she retired after 55 years of service.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service at a later date at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203. In addition, there will be a Gathering of Friends at a later date at Sellars Family Heritage at Gallatin, 100 E. Albert Gallatin Avenue, Gallatin, TN 37066.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West End United Methodist Church Music Ministry, 2200 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203, to Indian Lake Elementary School in memory of Jewel McGhee-Rader, 505 Indian Lake Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075, or to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be submitted at

Sellars Family Heritage at Gallatin, 100 E. Albert Gallatin Avenue, Gallatin, TN 37066. 615-452-7115. Obituary line 615-452-5900. E-mail: [email protected].


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