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Community Spotlight-Wilma Rose

Wilma Rose was born and raised in New Boston, Texas.  She made a 43 year-long career with the USDA, retiring as a County Executive Director.  

She raised three children here – Frances, Nete, and Debra – and says there is no place she would rather live.  “I have spent my life in New Boston because I love it,” she said.  “New Boston is a wonderful place to live and was a wonderful place to raise my children.”

Almost twenty-five years ago,  Wilma Rose saw a need in the community.  However, she did something that fewer and fewer of us do these days in similar situations – she acted on it.  

She helped organize and found the Christian Coalition for Unity, and has worked tirelessly with the organization ever since.  “Our youth and our elderly needed a place to meet,” she said.  “We were in need of a place to hold meetings and functions, and have fellowship….performing arts, sports, community gatherings and meals.  So we organized the CCU, and now when we see a need we are there.  We can provide.”

The CCU is a multi-faceted organization.  They hold informational meetings, reunions, and workshops in the CCU building located on Ardell Hubbard Drive.  

They provide tutoring for local children every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  They hold weekly meetings and plan trips and outings for local senior citizens, or as they are called, the Eagles Group.  All of this takes the work of many volunteers.

“We always accept volunteers,” said Wilma Rose.  “Whether you have a day a week or an hour a month that you can spare, we will match you with the volunteer opportunity you are most comfortable with.  If you aren’t comfortable helping with school work, you can help with snacks, or with one of our fundraisers.  We always need helping hands.”

The CCU is funded strictly by donations and fundraisers, and everyone in the area is familiar with their Friday night home football game chicken fried steak dinners.  They also hold home-cooked Sunday dinners from time to time throughout the year, and have a rummage sale.  Donations of rummage sale items can be arranged by contacting any CCU member. 

Wilma Rose is not one who enjoys the spotlight, but it’s people like her that make our community and communities all over our nation thrive, the selfless giving of her time that may or may not ever be reciprocated.  What motivates Wilma Rose to work so tirelessly for the benefit of others?  The answer is a common theme among those who are nominated each week for the Community Spotlight.  “I have been blessed,” she said.  “When you feel like you have been blessed, you just need to bless others.”

If you know a person, business or organization that you would like to nominate for our Community Spotlight, give us a call at 903-628-5801, or email Heather Wilson at

Bowie County Citizens Tribune

139 E.N. Front Street
New Boston, Texas 75570