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Ann Fowler Jones Scholarship Fund

The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:

Cynthia Fowler Barnes graduated from Woman’s College (now UNC Greensboro) in 1961 with a bachelor’s of science in business education. While a student, Cynthia was active in many clubs and activities, and served on the honor court and as executive secretary / treasurer of the Consolidated University Student Council. After graduation, Cynthia worked in an insurance agency before marrying Marvin Barnes and moving to Rocky Mount where they started their family. In Rocky Mount, and later in Durham, Cynthia has been involved in many volunteer activities, including her church, civic organizations, and garden clubs. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she owned and operated a gift shop, Carolina Accents. Most recently, she served on the Durham Merchants Association Charitable Foundation, the United Methodist Retirement Homes Board of Trustees and Foundation, and the Beaufort Historical Association Board of Directors. Cynthia and Marvin have a daughter, a son, and seven grandchildren.

Cynthia followed two of her three sisters to UNCG: Martha Fowler McNair ’49 and Ann Fowler Jones ’51. Her third sister, Frances Fowler Stanton, graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Cynthia has established scholarships at UNCG in honor of each of her sisters.

Ann Fowler Jones graduated from Woman’s College in 1951 with a bachelor of science in business education. During college, Ann was secretary of Adelphian, chairman of the Finance Board, member of YWCA, Gamma Alpha, FTA and Daisy Chain. After graduation, Ann taught school in Seagrove, NC, and worked in the family business, M.M. Fowler, Inc. She married Gene W. Jones and moved to Texarkana. While he served overseas in the military, she returned to Durham and worked at the North Carolina Central Cerebral Palsy Hospital. She and Gene soon moved to Raleigh, where she worked for an architectural firm and for the North Carolina General Assembly as committee clerk for five sessions. Later, she studied accounting at NC State University and became a certified public accountant. She was a partner in an accounting firm in Raleigh for the remainder of her career. Ann has been active in many volunteer and professional activities, including president of the Business and Professional Women of Raleigh, the Cerebral Palsy Association of North Carolina, and the Hayes Barton Methodist Church. She and Gene have a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.