We have always been a North Greenville College family. My wife Ollie, and our two sons, Kelly and Dale, attended as part-time students, while Debra, our daughter and I graduated in 1972 and 1956. So, our bond has grown over the past years with North Greenville College. I have also served on the Alumni Board as well as on several fundraising projects.
I had the opportunity to work with this fine institution as principal of the nearby Blue Ridge High School. Together we were able to offer college credit to Honor Students in their senior year if they attended NGC after graduation. What a service this proved to be to the community and students.
NGC gave our family the foundation, both spiritually and educationally to achieve several goals in our lives. Ollie has a B.S.N. degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina, Kelly a degree in Social Studies and Economics from USC-Upstate, and Dale a Communications degree from Winthrop University, while I received a B.A. and M.A. degree from Furman University and ED.S. degree from Clemson University. I am now retired from the Greenville County School District as a former coach, teacher, and administrator. God has really blessed our family.
Tragedy struck our family on August 14, 1994. Our beautiful daughter took her own life and a great part of ours with her. She left her husband, Fred, of 21 years, and three children, Matthew 19, Adam 16, and Leanna 10. We are a family trying to adjust after such a tragedy. We have so many questions with no real answers. But our faith in God has enabled us to struggle through this ordeal.
This past year I had the opportunity to help coach the football team at North Greenville as a volunteer coach. As I walked the campus I remembered taking our daughter to her dormitory with all those shoes and clothes. What great memories this school has provided our family.
In memory of our precious daughter, we have established the “Debra Marie Bramlett Jones Scholarship.” Through this scholarship our daughter will live forever in the life of NGC as well as in our hearts.
I would like to encourage you to consider remembering friends and loved ones by establishing a scholarship in their name at NGC. This scholarship money is distributed to needy students. Consider for a moment that your generosity might be the only chance some young person will have to make a college education a reality.
Written by Jeff D. Bramlett, Jr. (’56) and printed in the April 1996 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.