Jamarica Jones was born on March 7, 1950, the daughter of Rev. Alonzo and Ozzie Smith. She graduated from the Associate Degree in Nursing program at Garner Webb University in 1972. Jones worked from 1975-2010 as a child health nurse with the Cleveland County Health Department. As a public health nurse she worked hard to reduce the harmful effects of asthma on children and their families.
In 2005 she was named an “Asthma Champion” by the Cleveland County Asthma Coalition for helping children differentiate between asthma triggers and symptoms through the use of games and interactive play. In 2009 she edited the “No Wheeze Gazette” an asthma newsletter for children with asthma and their parents.
Jones writes poems inspired by her family and her personal experiences. Her first book of poetry, Legacy in Words, was published in 2012.