Dr. Jewell Jackson was born in Minden the youngest of Fannie Parker Jackson and Robert Jackson. Her maternal grandparents were Mary Magdalene and John Sykes and her paternal grandparents were Allen Allen and Victoria Jackson.
Jewell joined Mount Pisgah Church in Homer at an early age. She would later affiliate with Mayes Chapel in Ruston and Mt. Zion in Minden. At Mayes Chapel she worked in the After School Program. At Mount Zion she served on the Hospitality Committee and acted in several church dramas.
Jewell's professional life was dedicated to educating young people. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Grambling State University, she began her career as a classroom teacher in Webster Parish. She taught at Central School, J.A. Phillips and Webster High School while working toward a Masters Degree at Texas Southern University. Later Jewell furthered her education at Kansas State University where she received her doctorate degree in Counseling. She continued her career as a college professor at her alma mater Grambling as well as Louisiana Tech University and Jackson State University.
Jewell loved people and enjoyed visiting with friends and family. She loved animals as well, especially her dogs, Tan Tan and Polo. Flower and vegetable gardening were two of her favorite hobbies. Another great pastime of hers was bargain hunting at thrift stores and yard sales. Jewell especially enjoyed collecting books of all kinds on her shopping expeditions.
Jewell had a special relationship with all her nieces and nephews. She was always ready for a fun adventure and available with a special treat.
She encouraged and celebrated all their accomplishments.
Jewell leaves to cherish her memory her sisters, Gladys McGee of Minden and Mrs. Azzie Blow of Bienville as well as her only brother William B. Jackson of Minden. She also leaves the fondest of memories to a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 6 at Mt. Zion CME Church in Minden at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Sheppard Street Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 5 at Mt. Zion.