The Jolley Foundation’s Beginning
From the very beginning of his career, Albert put in the time and effort to earn a reputation as an honest and diligent worker. Word about Albert’s exceptional work ethic spread quickly. Mr. Lowery, a local businessman, was impressed by the young man’s dedication and entrepreneurial enthusiasm and asked Albert to run his Chero Cola (eventually Royal Crown Cola) bottling business in Carrollton, Georgia. He gladly accepted, and in just a few years, backed by investors who were impressed with his business acumen, Albert was able to buy the company.
Shortly thereafter, Albert met and married Rucker Tweedy, then a schoolteacher. Albert purchased a bottling facility in Anderson, South Carolina; and he and Rucker moved their family and business from Georgia to the Upstate in 1919.
The Importance of a Helping Hand
Their hardscrabble childhoods in rural South Georgia taught Albert and Rucker firsthand the devastating toll that illness, untimely death, alcoholism, melancholia, drought, and the boll weevil could have on families. The couple knew one thing to be true: help from a friend at the right moment could change everything.
Thus, in 1947, Albert and Rucker established an assistance fund for their employees to act as a safety net during times of crisis.
And with that, the Jolley Foundation was born.
Board of Trustees
James McDuffie Bruce IIIChair Greenville, SC
Jolley Bruce ChristmanSecretary Philadelphia, PA
Andrew ChristmanPhiladelphia, PA
James McDuffie Bruce IVAustin, TX
Meliah Bowers Jefferson