Charles Ashley recognized for 25 years as JCJC Board of Trustees member

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2017-07-20 20:38:58

ELLISVILLE – For 25 years, Charles Ashley never missed a Jones County Junior College Board of Trustees meeting.  He was recognized at the statewide meeting of the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior College’s Board of Trustees and at a recent JCJC Board of Trustees meeting. Even while Ashley was recovering in the hospital from a heart attack, JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith was prepared to ensure Ashley was able to be a part of the meeting because he was very impressed with Ashley’s perfect record.
“We were going to set up a conference call of the board meeting in his hospital room. However, he left the hospital and came to the meeting! That is dedication,” said Dr. Smith.
Despite a heart attack, knee replacement surgery and his battle with esophageal cancer, the Calhoun community native has not allowed anything to prevent him from attending every monthly board meeting over the 25 years. He was first appointed to the board by Beat 2, Jones County supervisor, John Sumrall and later, Beat 2, Jones County Supervisor, Danny Ray Spradley who continued to approve of Ashley’s appointment. 
The former Crumbly Paper manager of 47-years shared, “My proudest accomplishment as a Jones County Junior College Board of Trustees member has to include seeing the campus improvements and the new buildings. Together as a board, we’ve accomplished a lot.”
Despite being unable to attend the two-year college, two of his three siblings and both children all attended or graduated from JCJC.  He explained, “I registered for classes then my dad died at the age of 43. I had to work and care for my siblings, Bobby, and Larry, who attended JCJC, and my sister, Marcella who graduated from Jones. My wife Diane and I are both proud of our son Charles Renee and daughter Delinda who graduated from Jones.  Also, Diane and I are both Lifetime Members of the JCJC Alumni Association.”
Ashley is currently the longest serving member of the JCJC Board of Trustees. 


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