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.