Bunice Henderson Jones was born in 1912. She was the granddaughter of slaves. Therefore, education was important to her since it had been denied to her forefathers. She made it a goal to finish school through the eighth grade at Randolph County Training School in Alabama. Finishing school though the eighth grade in the rural South during the 1920's was a substantial accomplishment. Once she graduated from school she married and ran a farm with her husband in Carrollton Georgia. However, her desire to continue to learn prevailed. While helping her husband run their farm she gained training as a Nurse Aide at Dixie Nursing Home now Carrollton Manor.
She took her love of education further with her own children encouraging them to keep the torch of education burning. She encouraged all seven of her children to finish high school and learn a vocational trade. Then she set the bar even higher with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren encouraging them to do all three complete high school, learn a vocational trade or attend college.
Today due to her instilling the love of education into her children her legacy has produced teachers, doctors, school counselors, pharmacist, nurses, business owners, engineers,
and so much more.
She is a testimony of how one person's decision can change the trajectory of a family.
Arise Health institute has partnered with the Bunice Henderson Jones New Career Foundation a nonprofit to continue the torch of education in her memory and to help others change the trajectory of their family. By petitioning businesses for donations to help provide scholarships, grants, and childcare vouchers to ones needing to continue their education but cannot afford the tuition or do not have adequate childcare.