Greenville: Jewel Alexis Cook, daughter of Darryl Cook of Atlanta, GA and Rikki Jones Cook, of 108 Mountainside Way, died Monday, October 28, 2019 at Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Spartanburg, SC.
She attended Wade Hampton High School where she was Homecoming Queen and graduated in 2016 with High Honors. Jewel’s high level of intelligence was recognized early within the Greenville County School system, where she tested and entered into the Challenge Program for gifted children. She continued to receive academic accolades, achievements, and awards throughout her scholastic years, way too many to name, but a few to mention are the Presidential Award officially signed by President Barack Obama, Beta Club, Honor Society, Honors Chorus, and being selected to participate in the Spring Sing at the Peace Center. She was also the President of Central Spirit and a member of the Spanish Club. She was enrolled at Clemson University when she had an accident where she sustained a spinal cord injury that resulted in her body becoming quadriplegic and interrupted her attendance.
After her accident, Jewel pursued her love of painting and becoming a YouTube sensation (Life with Jewel) by doing Make-up Tutorials and keeping it real about life. Her ability to paint beautiful works of art without the ability to move her fingers was a God given anomaly. Her paintings were displayed and sold on her website “A Quad’s Life.” A philanthropist and advocate for people with physical disabilities, she would donate a percentage of the proceeds from her art to the Christopher Reeves Foundation.
Jewel was blessed with so many gifts and talents; a genius brain, a voice like angel, an Artsy/Fartsy creative eye and hands, and an amazingly witty and “real” personality, all of which she was known and loved for.
Jewel loved pineapples because they were symbolic of the values she embraced as a person – stand tall and strong, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain, and dance she did. She was a free spirit who lived in the present, and on her own terms, even when Jewel’s body was broken, she was a Pineapple.
Jewel, aka “The Don,” was born to be Royal and reign. Fly high my princess. YOLO!!!
Also, surviving is a brother, Jarred Allen Cook, of the home, and maternal grandmother, Queenie Jones of Aiken, SC; and a host of other relatives and many friends.
Services will be held 4:00 pm Saturday in Long Branch Baptist Church.
Family request that if charitable contributions are preferred, please donate to the Christopher Reeves Foundation.
Jewel’s Art will be displayed in the lobby for your viewing pleasure at her funeral service. If you are interested in owning a piece of her art, a minimum donation of $20 is requested; 100% of the donations collected will be given to the Christopher Reeves Foundation.
The family is receiving friends at the home.
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