80 Year Olds Earn GED After Much Hard Work and Determination

By: Caroline Blair Email
By: Caroline Blair Email

At the tender age of 82, Arthur Jones, a World War II Veteran who served in the US Army and Navy, is receiving his GED.

"It wasn't an easy journey but I started off not by myself," said Arthur L. Jones, who left school after 9th grade and joined both the US Army and Navy.

In 2005, Arthur and his wife decided it was time to go back and finish high school.

But when his wife suddenly died a year later, Arthur knew he had to walk across the stage for the both of them.

"I wouldn't have been able to do it without her memory I owe much of this success to her and her memory she was my right hand she was my help me," said Jones.

And after nearly 3 years of hard work and dedication, Arthur has finally reached his goal.

But Jones isn't walking alone. Right behind him is 84 year old Roxie Kelley.

"I had gone one semester in the 8th grade and quit school got married, I didn't think I would ever need anymore education but wrong answer," said Roxie Kelley.

And now as the nearly 85 year old great grandmother receives her degree, she can't stop looking forward to continuing to learn.

"I think you have to have a goal and you have to have a plan and you have to work towards that plan it doesn't just happen you make it happen," said Kelley.

"The best is yet to come, the best is yet to come," said Jones.

Now, both Arthur and Roxie will be continuing their education by going on to college.

Arthur Jones is in the process of finishing his second book and currently fixes computers, which he gives away to those in need.

He plans on starting Albany Tech this July to pursue a computer maintenance degree.

Roxie Kelley currently sews from her home and says her goal is to be a fashion designer. She plans on taking computer courses and then continuing on to fashion design school.

"It's a very humbling thing and something that I just feel that I'm just too blessed to be stressed," said Kelley.

"It's been fun, it's really been fun and I really did it," said Jones.

Jones' long-time tutor Umar Abdal-Aquil, says Arthur Jones has in fact become his mentor. Umar says he couldn't be more proud of the two student's accomplishments and says we all could learn a thing from their hard work and determination.

Arthur Jones says another reason why he went back to school, was to set an example for his kids and grand kids.

"I'm always telling my children my grandchildren that they should go to school and get an education but I'm telling them, what am I doing? So I felt I had to set an example," Jones said.

Both proving age is nothing but a number.


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