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March 02, 2024


Jewel Dell Miller Strickland

July 13, 1928 - March 1, 2024

Jewel Dell Miller Strickland, age 95 and of Kentwood, La, passed away peacefully on the morning of March 1, 2024. A gentle, loving soul with a kind heart, she will be deeply missed.

She was born at the Miller Family home on July 13, 1928 in Mt Hermon, La. She spent much of her life as a farmer’s wife, and she loved to tell stories of those days. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she would always have some Zatarain’s root beer waiting for them. Jewel always had a smile on her face and love in her heart.

She is survived by her children, Ben Strickland (Ann), Bennie Jean Mixon (Chris), and Rosa Duncan (Lane); grandchildren, Vickie Randol (Mark), Anna Vanover (Jeff), Andy Strickland (Susie), Robert Strickland (Shontell), Meagan Strickland (Richard), David Strickland (Justin), Diane Stroud (Steven), Jennifer Strickland, and Wendell Lea; great-grandchildren, Courtney Randol (Aaron), Bridgett Randol, Mark Randol Jr., Ashley Wall, Jessica Strickland, Brynlee Strickland, Katie Cernich, Jack Mitchell, Isabelle Mitchell, and Sienna Strickland.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Tommy Miller and Clara Maybelle Ryles; five sisters, Omie Slocum, Lizzie Burch, Evie Moak, Bobbie Varnado, and Shirley Jean Rogers; one brother, Tim Miller; husbands D.V. Strickland and Bennie Strickland; one son, Charles Dewitt Strickland; great-grandchildren, Aaron Joshua Strickland, Jessica Marie Strickland, and Konnor Strickland.

Visitation at Mt Zion Baptist Church, 2151 Mt Zion Rd, Osyka, MS 39657, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Sunday and from 11:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Monday, March 4, 2024. Services conducted by Rev. Richie Fortenberry, Bro. Chris Mixon and Rev. Cecil Burch. Interment Mt. Zion Cemetery, Osyka, MS. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.

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