Biography: Grace America Jones Harris was born in Prentiss Mississippi on March 29th, 1928 to Maggie Powell and Sam Jones. Raised in Prentiss Mississippi, she was the fifth of 11 children where she received her primary education and strong family values, After Grace completed her studies at the Prentice Institute, she then when on to advance her education at Jackson State University in Jackson Mississippi. Grace was an active member of harmony Baptist Church.
After college, Grace moved to Harlem, New York where she met her husband, Theodore Harris, where they married. As well as being an active member Meek Baptist church, Grace began her long and exciting career working for the Board of Education of New York. Grace was employed at the Hans Christian Andersen Public School 144 School for over 35 years until her retirement. Grace was also a strong advocate for children and her community. After her nephew as hit by a car near her residence, Grace along with several other parents of the community picketed for safer streets. Shortly after the city built the first street light on Mount Morris Park Avenue.
Grace touched many lives and will be greatly missed. Her beautiful like will forever be cherished by her daughter, Seneca Ann Nicholson of Henderson North Carolina and her son Terry O. Jones of Jackson Mississippi.
Eight grandchildren, Jayme Bailey of Red Bank, New Jersey, Theodore Nicholson of Harlem, New York and Cordell bailey of Henderson, North Carolina. Tonya Jones, Justin Jones of Jackson, Mississippi, Tony Gibbons of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Stacey Gibbons of Stone Mountain, Georgia and Dorian Woolingston of Greensboro North Carolina. She also leaves the morn seven great-grandchildren, also Brothers Robert Jones of Fremont, Ohio and Billy and Mary Jones of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Sisters, Laura McNair of Collins Mississippi and Betty Shields of the Bronx New York. As well as a host of nieces and nephews loved ones and family friends.
Ultimately, she is preceded in death by her mother and father, husband Theodore Harris, brothers Sam Jones, Maxie Jones, Kenneth Jones and Sunny Jones and sisters Essie Harris and Bessie Roberts.