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List of Memorial Plaques

When donations total $ 5,000 the memorialized individual’s name and photo are engraved on a beautiful plaque which is then placed on permanent display in Center High School. A scholarship named after the plaque recipient is given each year on scholarship night. The Roughrider Scholarship Fund also offers other levels for Memorial Plaques starting at $5,000 for the Brass Level and up to $100,000 for the Platinum Level. See below for all the giving options for RSF Memorial Plaques.

First NameLast NameDonated byDescription
Virginia LeannFenleyJason ButlerVirginia Leann Fenley graduated first in her class at Denison High School in 1968 and attended SFASU where she realized her passion for teaching. She graduated from SFA in 1973 with a Masters in Physics and an undergraduate degree in Math and Physics. Mrs. Fenley, as most knew her, began teaching Jr. High science in Shelbyville and soon moved into high school advanced math and physics at Center High School. Her career spanned 37 years and impacted thousands of students, many of which describe her as a great teacher and “one of a kind”.
Joy Ellington WeaverJoy Ann Weaver HavranJoy Weaver was raised in San Augustine, Texas where her father was a respected physician in private practice; he was also the doctor for the Santa Fe Railroad which allowed Joy the opportunity to travel across the country with her parents by rail. She attended Texas Woman’s University and SFASU before transferring the University of Texas at Austin as a sophomore where she met Martin Weaver from Center, Texas. He was a friend and, then, the love of her life. Joy Weaver was a pillar of the East Texas community. She was a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi and an active member of the First Christian Church. Joy helped her husband establish his business, Weaver Brothers Lumber Company. When he was drafted in WWII, she followed him to Georgia, California and lived in Dallas while he was stationed in Japan. After the war, she and Martin were instrumental in establishing the poultry industry and promoting tourism for Toledo Bend. Joy entertained scores of sportswriters and potential investors to introduce them to Shelby County. She was always present to support her daughter in various events, as well as her grandsons. Joy was committed to her family and to enriching the lives of those who lived in Center and Shelby County.
PatriciaLawrenceFamily and FriendsPatricia Lawrence grew up in Center and lived there for her entire life. From her youngest days, she wanted to be a teacher. She would line her dolls up against the wall and teach them reading, writing and arithmetic; she would drill them again the following day to be sure they remembered! She attended Center schools all 12 years and graduated in 1968. Patricia attended Panola College and earned both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from SFASU. She began her teaching career at Center Jr. High and then Center Elementary. She devoted 41 years to the teaching profession – all at Center ISD. Patricia considered herself blessed to have been a teacher and missed teaching every day following her retirement. She was and still is loved by so many of her previous students. She was born to be a teacher and has led many to join the profession.
Jason Maurice FulbrightNew Life ChurchBorn in Haywood County, Waynesville, North Carolina, Jason owned J & B Donut Factory for 13 years in Center and later founded Intelligent Concepts which later became Intelligent Computer Concepts. His hobbies included fishing, playing guitar, learning new music, and spending time with his family. Jason was a vital and active member of New Life Church in Center where he was Praise and Worship Leader.
Del ShofnerFamily and FriendsDel graduated from Center High School and then attended Baylor University. He was a multi-sport athlete who was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame and is a member of the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. In 1957, Del was the Sugar Bowl MVP and was also inducted into the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame. A five-time NFL Pro Bowl receiver, he was the LA Rams’ first round draft pick. He was First-Team All-Pro in 1959, before he was traded to the New York Giants. His success continued as he made NFL history from 1961-63 and was voted into the NFL All-Decade team for the 1960s as a First-Team member by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Toward the end of his football career, Del began working in the feed commodities business and enjoyed working with cattlemen, poultrymen, and farmers throughout the country. He and his wife, Carol Seley Shofner, enjoyed family time and breeding and racing thoroughbreds. Their greatest success in horse racing was with Think Snow who raced against Affirmed in 1978. Del was also an avid golfer.
Rick Lane CampbellFamily and FriendsA native of Center, Rick Campbell graduated from Center High School in 1977. He then attended Tyler Jr. College and the University of Texas. Rick was involved in many organizations including Shelby Savings Bank, where he served as director and later as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He also served as a Trustee for Center ISD, Shelby County Beef Committee, Chairman of the Bone Hill Foundation, President of the Board of Directors of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, multiple leadership roles related to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Area Go Texan Committee, President of the Center Rotary Club, Director of Sheriff’s Posse, Member of the Poultry Festival Steering Committee, Member of Sharon Temple of Tyler, Member of Sam Samford Lodge #149 in Center, Member of First Baptist Church of Center, attended First United Methodist Church of Center, and 27 years as a Center Volunteer Firefighter. Rick received numerous honors and awards including Rotarian of the Year, Alumni of the Year of Tyler Junior College, Conservation Service Award for Ducks Unlimited, Friend of 4-H Award, Honorary Chapter FFA Degree, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Young Citizen of the Year, and the Distinguished Service Award.
Rick owned the Center Livestock Company with his father, James Campbell, and was a founder of PortAcool. After selling PortAcool, Rick was honored to serve as Shelby County Judge. He generously donated to many charities and organizations, even helping build several new churches in the East Texas area. Rick loved to hunt, play golf, and spend time with his friends. He loved Shelby County, Texas but, most of all, he loved his family.
Gene WalkerThe Walker FamilyGene Walker was born, raised, worked, and retired in Center, Texas. He graduated from Center High School in 1950 and went on to receive his BBA in 1954 from The University of Texas. Following his high school graduation, he served as a bookkeeper at East Texas Poultry Plant since he could not get a job with companies due to the draft status of A-1. In 1954, he worked as a court reporter after a two year stay in the US Army, serving as secretary to the General of EUCOM (United States European Command). In 1958, he married Dolores Warr and they had two children. Gene was active in his community and served in many roles. He was an active member of First Baptist Church for over 50 years, was an ordained deacon, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school classes, and participated in multiple summer trips with the youth group. He was an influential presence in the Shelby County 4-H Drill Team, helping to lead the team to 10 state titles while he served as Drill Master. He was Treasurer for the Center Noon Lions Club for many years and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.
Alana “Laney” Brooke ParkerFamily and FriendsLaney was a student at Center High School who was actively involved in cheerleading, softball, and the theatre department. Her hobbies included competition cheer and athletics. Laney was known for her laughter and the joy she brought to others. She could often be found in the kitchen baking cakes and brownies. She loved being with her family and friends and attended First Baptist Church.
De’Skyshen Rysheen CrockettThe Class of 2020De’Skyshen was a 2020 graduate of Center High School. He was known for his willingness to work hard and shared a ready smile for all he met. He was a member of the CHS basketball team and, upon his death, his number and jersey were retired in his honor. His CHS classmates chose to honor his memory with the funding of a Roughrider Foundation Scholarship. His basketball jersey was framed and is hanging in the hallway outside of the CHS gym to honor his memory.
Clyde A. MonroeShelby Savings Bank Directors, Officers and EmployeesMr. Monroe was a Center businessman for many years and a member of the Board of Directors of Shelby Savings Bank. The directors chose to honor his memory with a Roughrider Scholarship knowing that helping a student attend college is an investment, not only in the lives of students over the years, but in Center as well.
Cuculic KidsCuculicGail and Janie CuculicThis scholarship is one of many tied to the Cuculic family…dedicated supporters of the Roughrider Foundation. Gail and Janie Cuculic established this scholarship after their marriage to honor their children, "The Cuculic Kids" - family brought together through the love and commitment of their parents!
Armstrong/Bruce Triangle PacificEmployeesThis scholarship was made possible by a donation from Armstrong/Bruce Triangle Pacific. The company was a vital part o the community for many years. Although the plant no longer operates, the impact remains through the annual scholarship awarded through the Roughrider Foundation.
Shelby County Sportman CommitteeShelby County Sportsman CommitteeThe Shelby County Sportman Committee was comprised of a group of individuals who enjoyed outdoor activities related to hunting. The group hosted an event to raise funds to endow a Roughrider Foundation scholarship. Each year a Center senior benefits from the generosity of this group who combined their love of hunting with helping the youth of Center.
Nacogdoches CocaCola Bottling CompanyNacogdoches CocaCola Bottling CompanyEstablished by the Nacogdoches CocaCola Bottling Company because of the ties with the Center plant on Shelbyville Street. The company was proud to support the students of Center High School and do so each year through the endowed scholarship through the Roughrider Foundation.
Pilgrims PridePilgrims PrideThis scholarship was created to recognize Pilgrim's Pride and its support of Center ISD and the community at large. Pilgrim's is a leading global poultry and prepared foods company and is committed to providing opportunities for success to all of its partners. Pilgrim's is proud to join with the Roughrider Foundation to provide a scholarship each year to a CHS graduation through the Roughrider Foundation.
McNeil and Bonnie MooreMcNeil and Bonnie MooreMr. Moore is a CHS graduate who played football at Sam Houston State University and for the Chicago Bears. He returned to Center and was a businessman in the insurance field until his retirement. Mrs. Moore was a high school business teacher and administrative assistant in the Shelbyville ISD school system until her retirement. Both of their daughters are graduates of Center High School. Kathy Moore Sawyer was a business teacher and CTE Director at Center High School. Both McNeil and Bonnie were avid Roughrider fans; both are now deceased.
Morris CammackMorris CammackMorris Cammack graduated from Center High School and became a very successful businessman. Over the years he was a generous supporter of the Roughrider Foundation and had a genuine interest in the students at Center High School.
John Alvis HowardCenter Rotary ClubJohn Alvis Howard was a long time Center businessman and member of the Center Rotary Club; the Club established this scholarship in his memory. For many years the John Alvis Howard Fish Fry was held to help fund scholarships; however, the club chose to have a perpetual scholarship through the Roughrider Foundation each year to honor his memory.
John D. GriffinRoughrider FoundationJohn D. Griffin is a retired Center attorney who works to provide scholarship opportunities for students in Center and throughout Shelby County. John is a proponent of education and worked with the Alumni Association at Stephen F. Austin State University for many years regarding scholarship awards. He acted as the attorney for Roughrider Foundation and the Board chose to honor his service with a scholarship.
F.L. MoffettF.L. Moffett Scholarship AssociationF.L. Moffett invested his life in educating the young people of Center. He was a teacher, coach and Superintendent for Center ISD for many years. F.L. Moffett Primary School was named in his honor and the F.L. Moffett Scholarship Association donated the funds the Roughrider Foundation to ensure scholarships would be awarded in his memory.
Richard MenefeeVivian and Mary Anna MenefeeThis scholarship was given in memory of Richard Menefee by his wife and daughter, the late Vivian Menefee and Mary Anna Menefee. Mr. Menefee was successful in highway and road construction and had a farm machinery business in Center.
Roy and Wilma WooleySusan Wooley TollesTo honor her parents, Susan Wooley Tolles established a scholarship in memory of Roy and Wilma Wooley. If available, the recipient is to be a student who plans to major in agriculture, education or home economics. Roy Wooley as a county extension agent and Wilma was a home economics teacher. Both Roy and Wilma were strong proponents of education.
Rayford and Margaret CopelinCopelin familyThis scholarship is given in memory of Rayford and Margaret Copelin. Mr. Copelin was a local businessman who owned a auto parts business; Mrs. Copelin was a registered nurse who served as Director of Nurses at a local hospital as well as working in the clinic with Dr. Joe Hooker. Both of their children are Center High School graduates. Their son, Rayford Copelin, Jr., served as Assistant Superintendent with Center ISD for many years and was also a member of the CISD School Board.
Norris AskewShelby County Bass AnglersThe Shelby County Bass Anglers donated this scholarship to honor the memory of Norris Askew, long time member of the SCBA. Norris loved fishing and helping young people prepare for the future. His legacy in the Shelby County Bass Anglers will be remembered and the club is proud to honor his memory with a Roughrider Scholarship.
Mitchell (Lions)JettonCenter Noon Lions ClubMitchell Jetton was an outstanding member of the Center Noon Lions Club and active businessman in the insurance field and leader in the community. The Lions Club chose to honor his memory with a scholarship to encourage Center High School students to continue their education after graduation.
Melvin M. MillerFamily and FriendsThis scholarship is given in memory of Melvin M. Miller by his family and friends. Mr. Miller graduated from CHS in 1937 at the age of 26 and later earned two degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University. When he completed the 8th grade there were no school buses from the Folsom Chapel area to travel the 7 miles to Center to attend high school. When the Shelby County School Board established bus routes, he was given the job of bus driver and Mr. F.L. Moffett offered Melvin the job as driver for the 1936 football team. This added income allowed him to pay the tuition of $7.50 a month for anyone in school over the age of 21. He became a school administrator and springboard for helping many young people starting the teaching profession. His family chose to honor this remarkable man with a scholarship to ensure future CHS graduates would have assistance in pursing their educational goals.
Mr. and Mrs. C.P. ScurlockScurlock FamilyThis scholarship is given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Scurlock. Their children are all graduates of Center High School and earned college degrees; a family member is in the CHS Hall of Fame. Mr. Scurlock came to Center in the early 1930s as a county extension agent. He began purchasing small farms and timber and eventually became a leasing agent for Mobile Oil Company. Mrs. Scurlock was a homemaker who encouraged her children to continue their education.
Minnie Jewel Thomas RogersCenter Music Study ClubMiss Minnie Jewel, as she was called by those who knew her, loved young people and the arts. She was a long time member of the Center Music Study Club, and the club funded the scholarship before disbanding.
Martin WeaverMrs. Joy Weaver and Mrs. Joy Ann Weaver HavranThis scholarship is given in memory of Mr. Martin Weaver, long time Center businessman. He owned Weaver Brother Construction and was responsible for several subdivisions in our community. Mr. Weaver is one of the men credited with bringing the poultry industry to Shelby County; his company built the first broiler house in Shelby County. He was an avid fisherman and a visionary when it came to development. Martin Weaver is a graduate of Center High School and the University of Texas at Austin. His was the first scholarship endowed under the Pinkston/Roughrider Foundation.
Mac and Mattie Lou BusseyJohn Dean & Barbara WindhamThis scholarship is awarded in memory of Mac and Mattie Lou Bussey by the late John Dean and Barbara Windham to honor Barbara's parents. Mac and Mattie Lou Bussey were life-long Shelby County residents, were married over 50 years and had three married children who all graduated from Center High School. The Bussey's were well-known business owners who supported many causes in Center and valued education highly.
Ken SandersThe Sanders FamilyKen Sanders was a member of the CHS Class of 1981. Ken's family has a love of tennis and their support of the program strengthened the legacy of the tennis program at Center High School.
Leo ChildsMrs. Leo ChildsMr. Leo Childs was a Texas aviation pioneer and aeronautical engineer. He was an engineering contract manager and worked on the Apollo, Skylab and space shuttle missions. During his 22 years at NASA, he conceptualized and implemented the aircraft remote sensing program to study earth. His wife chose to honor memory through the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation. He was a member of the CHS class of 1935 and attended Texas A & M University.
JasonCovingtonFamily and FriendsJason Covington is a member of the CHS Class of 1980. He attended Kilgore College and Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a loving husband and a devoted dad. His wife and three boys were the light of his life. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Shelby County Cruisers, NHRA and Center Country Club. Mr. Covington was very active in youth baseball, having coached for several years. He was Vice President of Covington Lumber and Construction Company for thirty-one years. He invested his life in the lives of others and made Center a better place to live. He will be missed, but this Roughrider scholarship will be a reminder each year of the impact Jason had on so many.
Jermichael Rashard SmithF.L. Moffett Primary FacultyThe staff of F.L. Moffett Primary School funded the scholarship in memory of one of their students, Jermichael Rashard Smith. Jermichael will live on in the hearts of those who knew him and the Moffett staff chose to honor his life by providing a scholarship to a CHS senior each year in his memory.
Inez Alford and James HarperBetty and Tolbert FosterThis scholarship is given in memory of Inez Alford Harper and James Harper, the parents of the late Mrs. Tolbert (Betty) Foster. Mrs. Foster was a supporter of young people and chose to honor the memory of her parents through a perpetual scholarship via the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation.
GeneBordersChristene Borders & FamilyThis scholarship is given in memory of Gene Borders by his family. It was Gene's dream to see young people have a chance to go to college and the family chose to honor his memory through a permanent scholarship that will assist a graduate of Center High School.
James K. GreerBecky GreerThis scholarship is presented to honor the memory of James Greer. He received both a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Texas A & M University. After 26 years of serving as a County Extension Agent for Agriculture & 4-H, he retired from the Texas Cooperative Extension Services in 2003. He continued his passion for serving youth and the agriculture community in Shelby County after retirement. He because a popular local radio personality with his daily program on KDET in Center called Agriculture This Morning. He served as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Center, taught the 7th & 8th grade boys Sunday School class and was a devoted supporter of the youth programs at the church for over 20 years, leading many youth to Christ through those years. An avid Aggie, he and his family attended Texas A & M football games every season for 40 years. He officiated high school football for 20 years with the East Texas Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials. In recent years, he served as Life Coach for the Center ISD athletic program. he was elected to serve on the Center ISD School Board in 2014 and served as President since elected. He served as a board member for both the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Shelby County Farm Bureau for many years. He often judged poultry shows across East Texas and was very involved with the East Texas Poulty Festival show and sale. As a 3rd generation cattleman, he operated Greer Charolais with his family. In all of his endeavors, he demonstrated his of God, family, youth and cattle.
Gilbert LinkFamily and FriendsThis scholarship is provided in memory of Mr. Gilbert Link. Mr. Link was employed by Ralston Purina for many years. He was the founder of Shelby LP Gas and was later employed by Gas Tex. Mr. Link worked as a poultry grower and cattle rancher. He owned and operated Link Charolais in Center. He will be missed by all who knew him and his family and friends have honored his memory with this scholarship.
Dean StewartCenter Band BoostersThis scholarship is awarded in memory of Dean Stewart, a former CHS band director. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has been active in band and is made possible by a donation from the Center Band Boosters.
Dolores WalkerFamily and JBL FinancialThe scholarship is given in memory of Dolores Walker, member of the CHS Class of 1954. Mrs. Walker was well known for her work with children in Sunday school; she was a teacher in the Children's Dept of First Baptist Church for many years. Dolores worked at American General Life Insurance for many years and was an essential member of the staff serving clients with her amazing efficiency. She will be missed by all who knew her.
ClintWeaverFamily and FriendsThis scholarship is given to honor the memory of Clint Weaver, Center High School student. Client's untimely death was the result of injuries sustained when he fell from his horse. Clint was a junior and active in the athletic program. Clint was loved by family and fiends and his memory lives on in their hearts.
Danny ClintFentonFamily and FriendsThis scholarship is awarded in memory f Danny Clint Fenton. Clint was a Center High School student who enjoyed riding 4 wheelers and hanging out with his friends. He is remembered each year by his family and friends through this scholarship award.
C.P. (Prentice) and DaliahSandersChet and Mike SandersThe scholarship in memory of Prentice and Daliah Sanders is given by their sons, Chet and Mike. The boys chose to honor the memory of their parents by helping CHS students reach their college goals. Mr. Sanders was president of State Guaranty Bank ( where the current DavMar Gallery is located). Both were active members of the First United Methodist Church.
Carlton and HulonDanceJoe Bill & Connie MettauerThe scholarship in memory of Carlton and Hulon Dance is given to remember the parents of Connie Dance Mettauer. The Dance's have children and grandchildren who are CHS graduates; their legacy lives on through the scholarship awarded in their memory each year.
Billy G.Bridges Sr.Merle Bridges & FamilyMr. Bridges was a hard worker and supported his family. His wife, Merle, chose to honor his memory through a scholarship to help Center students pursue an education after high school.
Bob and MildredPinkstonFamily and FriendsThe Pinkston family has a legacy of providing educational opportunities for students; this scholarship honors the memory and lives of Bob and Mildred Pinkston. The Champion newspaper was owned by the Pinkstons and Bob's parents - the "newspaper family" was associated with this media for almost 100 years. Bob's father had shares in the late 1800s and bought the paper in 1935. After retirement, Bobby Pinkston stayed on with the paper after it sold in 1983. The Pinkstons are the late parents of Jerry Pinkston, long-time member of the Roughrider Foundation Board serving on the Finance Committee to help ensure scholarship funds grow to fund scholarships.
VancePayneFamily and FriendsThe scholarship honoring Vance Payne is a tribute to his support of Center High School and the community at large. Vance was a 1959 graduate of Center High School and a 1963 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. He and his family owned and operated Payne & Payne Hardware 'n Suchlike in downtown Center from 1915 to 1996. Payne's Community News was started in 1949 by Vance's parents and he continued the broadcast after his mother's death in 1982. As a staunch supporter of Center and Shelby County, he served the community in many different ways. Vance was a past president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Center Noon Lions Club and a member of the 2007 Class of Leadership Shelby County. He was also the home stadium voice of the Center Roughrider football team for many years. Vance and his wife, Billie Sue Payne, had three children - all graduates of Center High School. Family and friends joined together to make this scholarship possible.
WalterRainbolt Jr.Family and FriendsThe scholarship in memory of Walter Rainbolt, Jr. is given by Steve and Mary Lynn Tinkle and the Shelby County Cookers. Walter was a 1984 graduate of Center High School. Over the years, he was involved in many different business endeavors. At the time of his death, Walter was managing Timpson Tire Company in Timpson. Walter was a member of Shelby County Cookers, and founded the National Wild Turkey Federation in Shelby County. He was a member of Center Christian Church. Walter will be missed by all who knew him; his many friends have chosen to honor his memory through a scholarship that will benefit Center seniors.
Mr. & Mrs. W.I.Davis Sr.Mr. & Mrs. W.I. Davis, Jr.The late Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Davis, Jr. chose to honor the memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Davis, Sr. by supporting a scholarship to help Center High School students.
GailCuculicFamily and FriendsGail Cuculic was an early supporter of the Catherine Pinkston Roughrider Foundation and served as Treasurer. Over the yes he and his family supported the Foundation through numerous scholarships. Gail often provided help for students anonymously and made a difference in the lives of many. Gail held a leadership role in Shelby Savings Bank for several years and was always ready to support efforts to enrich the lives of the people of Center. This scholarship is given in memory of the late Gail Cuculic.
CatherinePinkstonCatherine PinkstonThis scholarship honors the memory of Catherine Pinkston, early supporter of a scholarship fund to provide Center High School graduates with scholarships for college attendance. Mrs. Pinkston was honored by the county and the state for her civic contribution and was the namesake for the Catherine Pinkston Roughrider Scholarship Foundation. She was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Shelby Co. Chamber of Commerce and On Feb. 20, 2001, The Texas House of Representatives signed a resolution naming that day as Catherine Pinkston Day. She was a founding member of the St. John's Episcopal Church, the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library and the Center Rider's Roost Youth Center.
She was also a member of the Women's Reading Club. Mrs. Pinkston delighted in seeing the names of the students who were awarded each year and continued to support the scholarship fund until her death. Because of her vision, Center students have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship that will provide funds to a college, university or technical school of choice.
BrentBarrFamily and FriendsBrent Barr was a member of the CHS Class of 2001, but his life was cut short his senior year. Brent was active in his church and 4-H. His family and friends decided to assist future CHS seniors fulfill their dreams - Brent will be remembered by those who knew and loved him.
GeraldFeganCHS Band BoostersThis scholarship honors Gerald Fagan, former Center High School band director. Mr. Fagan is one of the many outstanding band directors that have led the CHS band. The Band Boosters are proud to sponsor this scholarship to honor Gerald Fagan.
Cody DanielBushFamily and FriendsCody Daniel Bush was a member of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church and loved hunting, trapping and working cows with his Pawpaw Steve. The scholarship is to honor Cody's memory each year
James "Jim"JonesCHS Band BoostersJim Jones served at both the middle and high schools as a band director and continues to impact the CHS band program. Mr. Jones encouraged band students to excel and helped build a strong band program in Center ISD. This scholarship is given by the CHS Band Boosters in honor of former band director James "Jim" Jones.
Bruce KoonceShelby County Bass AnglersMr. Bruce Koonce was a long time member of the Shelby County Bass Anglers and the club chose to honor his memory with a Roughrider scholarship. The SCBA tournaments held each year helped to raise funds to fund scholarships and Bruce Koonce was a part of the planning and execution of those tournaments. This scholarship is given in memory of Bruce Koonce.
Riders Roost and Youth CenterRiders RoostThe scholarship in honor of the Riders Roost and Youth Center was funded by the sale of the Youth Center building and were the beginning of the Catherine Pinkston/Roughrider Scholarship Foundation.
FredWulfFred WulfFred Wulf is a member of the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Wulf works tirelessly to secure funds to help the scholarship fund grow. A well-known businessman in Center, Mr. Wulf encourages young adults to pursue an education after high school. Mr. Wulf's two sons are Center High School graduates.
Gail and JanieCuculicGail and Janie CuculicThe Cuculics value education and are committed to helping CHS students have an opportunity to attend college as evidenced by the many scholarships funded by the Cuculic family! This scholarship honors the memory of the late Gail Cuculic and his wife, Janie Cuculic.
CHS DECA ClubCHS DECA ClubThis scholarship is funded by the CHS DECA Club. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Funds for the scholarship were raised in a school store that was manned by business students that were a part of the DECA program under the guidance of Mrs. Barbara Prince, former CHS Business teacher.
F.E.Parker Sr.F.E. Parker, Sr.F.E. Parker, Sr. served on the Roughrider Foundation Board for several years and worked tirelessly to increase the scholarship principal to increase scholarships. Mr. Parker was a Center businessman whose keen business sense impacted the area and supported financial growth. He used his skills to help grow the scholarship fund and his generosity continues through the scholarships awarded each year. This scholarship in memory of F.E. Parker, Sr. is one example of his commitment to the youth of Center High School.
Class of 1941Class of 1941The members of the Class of 1941 graduated during World War II and wanted to help ensure the graduates of Center High School that came after them had an opportunity to attend college. The scholarship is presented each year to honor the members of the Class of 1941.
Class of 1956Class of 1956The scholarship funded by the members of the Class of 1956 is awarded to encourage CHS graduates to enroll in the college, university or technical school of choice after graduation. Members chose to join other CHS classes in funding scholarships and encourage all CHS graduates to help fund scholarships in the future.
Center Noon Lion ClubCenter Noon Lions ClubThe Center Noon Lions Club provide support for various community programs and are always willing to help the youth of Center. Funds generated by various fundraisers throughout the year are always invested back into the community…this Roughrider Foundation Scholarship is just one way the Center Noon Lions Club impact Center residents!
Center Rotary ClubCenter Rotary ClubThe Center Rotary Club has been a major supporter of the Roughrider Foundation raising hundreds of thousands of dollars through the Fun for Funds project to help provide scholarships to CHS students. The Rotary Club International motto, "Service Above Self", is evident in the community support the Center club is known for. This scholarship is funded by the Center Rotary Club!
Class of 1957Class of 1957Every class that graduates from Center High School has the opportunity to give back to future graduates - the Class of 1957 has joined other classes to provide a Roughrider scholarship each year. This scholarship honors members of the Class of 1957.
Class of 1960Class of 1960Members of the Class of 1960 donated the funds to create a scholarship in honor and memory of class members. The Class of 1960 has members whose careers cover a variety of occupations and their education at Center High School prepared them for the next step in their future. This scholarship is designed to give current Roughriders the option of college after graduation.
William "Bill"LloydWilliam "Bill" LloydBill Lloyd was active in the Center community and provided the funds for a scholarship to encourage CHS graduates to continue their education. Bill served as a member of the Roughrider Foundation Board and continued to support the efforts to raise scholarship funds until his death.
BobbyPinkstonFamily and FriendsBobby Pinkston was a member of the Class of 1965 and an active member of the community. Bobby worked at the local newspaper and enjoyed outdoor activities. His family and friends chose to honor his memory with a scholarship through the Roughrider Foundation.
Band Booster Band 2016CHS Band BoostersThe 2016 Band Booster scholarship is given to encourage a CHS band student to encourage his/her education after graduation. The Center Band Boosters work diligently to raise funds to support the activities of the band program and are proud to invest in the future of a member of the band program.
Tonya SimmonsBaileyFamily and FriendsThe scholarship is provided by family and friends to honor the memory of Tonya Bailey. Tonya moved to Center when she was in 7th grade and graduated with the CHS class of 1989. Tonya was always driven and business minded. She began her career at Center Autoplex as a sales representative and finance manager. After a few years, another opportunity opened up for her, and she began working for M & M Insurance where she remained the rest of her career. The advice that she lived by and shared with fellow sales associates she was training was, "Don't ever speak first because if you speak first, you lose." Her most notable accomplishment was building the legacy that is Bailey's Pageants. She was even featured on TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras" multiple times during her career. She also was responsible for the production of local pageants such as Miss Shelby County, Watermelon, Christmas and Mr. Happy Holidays. She, along with her family, has been involved in pageants all her life. This was a way that Tonya enjoyed helping others find their inner and outer beauty and confidence. She always went above and beyond what was expected of her in everything she set forth to do. The scholarship in her memory was awarded for the first time in 2019.
RequanahSantiferFamily and FriendsRequanah Santifer is a 1988 graduate of CHS. She was the wife of Henry Santifer, mother of LaCharah, grandmother of JaKevin and LaDiamond, daughter of Charles Ray and Dorise Netherly, sister of Mellody and ToMiko. She was very active in the community, as she served as a Team Captain for Relay for Life for many years Community Easter Egg Hunt. She lived graciously and courageously with Ovarian Cancer until the very end. In many, many ways, by inspiring and teaching us, she won her battle in other very important ways. She did not lose her battle with cancer. She WON her battle with cancer in the way that she lived, why she lived and in the manner in which she lived! She was wonderful role model right to the end. This scholarship was awarded for the first time to a member of the Class of 2019, in memory of Requanah Santifer.
LexiJonesFamily and FriendsThis scholarship is given in memory of Lexi Jones by friends and family whose lives were touched by having known this wonderful young lady. Lexi was one of a kind who met no stranger and always saw the good in everyone. She was the type of individual to lend a helping had to anyone in need -always caring for the next person, smiling every moment and never complaining. She was ready for each day and what it brought forth. She enjoyed school, sports, band, and was very passionate about history. Her goals were to achieve academic success to attend the university of her choice. Lexi believed an individual should set standards early in life and for someone so young, we felt so blessed to have her in our presence. First and foremost, whatever your challenges are, you face them with your full potential. Take each achievement to the fullest and fulfill life's enjoyments.
Hallmark/Center Fixture Operations/Center PlywoodHallmark/Center FixturesThe scholarship is presented on behalf of Hallmark/Center Fixture Operations. The local Hallmark plant supports many local organizations/programs to strengthen the community. The plant is one of two US fixture production plants supporting Hallmark Cards, Inc. The plant processes fixture orders and manufactures Hallmark's product display concepts found in retail stores.
Army Spec Larry E.Polley Jr.Family and FriendsArmy Spec Larry E. Polley, Jr. was a 2001 graduate of Center High School. He was a member of the 4th Infantry Division of Fort Hood, Texas. Larry died in the line of duty and made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. This scholarship was established by friends and family but led by the Center Noon Lions Club. This scholarship to honor Larry's memory will ensure that Larry will always be remembered by his fellow Roughriders.
PORTACOOLPortacoolThis scholarship is provided by Port-A-Cool, a manufacturing company that provides a range of portable evaporative cooling units. It produces plastic parts in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The company also offers in-house product and mold design services. Port-A-Cool operates paper, rotational molding and cooling divisions and maintains manufacturing facilities in Center, Texas. The company continues to grow, but keeps its local ties strong through community support, such as Port-A-Cool Park and the annual scholarship through the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation.
Carlos & CathyFoxCarlos and Cathy FoxCarlos and Cathy Fox donated funds to create a scholarship in memory of their son, Ted Fox. Carlos was an active member of the Center Rotary Club and had the idea for the Fun for Funds event that the Rotary Club hosted for several years to raise funds for the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation.
BeckyYarborough JeansRoughrider FoundationBecky Y. Jeans was honored with a scholarship by the Foundation Board as an expression of thanks for her service as the Board Treasurer for several years. Becky is a member of the Class of 1977 and provided outstanding service to the Roughrider Foundation.
Class of 1981Class of 1981Members of the Class of 1981 joined together to fund a scholarship for CHS graduates. Each year a member of the class checks the list of graduates to identify connections with the Class of 1981. If a graduate is a relative of a class members, he/she is selected as the scholarship recipient.
Cecil W. & VirginiaWatlingtonCecil W. & Virginia L. WatlingtonThe Watlingtons have impacted Center in many ways. They are avid Roughrider fans and key business folks in the community. They are proud to provide a Roughrider scholarship each year to a CHS senior!
Center Youth BaseballCenter Youth BaseballThe Center Youth Baseball scholarship is funded by the baseball program that touches the lives of countless young people each year. The program instills not only the love of baseball, but encourages the qualities of teamwork and sportsmanship. The program exists because of countless volunteers who want to ensure the youth of Center have the opportunity to participate in this lifetime sport. The scholarship is in honor of the Center Youth Baseball program.
CHS Band 80th AnniversaryCHS Band BoostersThe Center Band Boosters endowed this scholarship in honor of the 80th anniversary of the Center Band program. The Center band program continues to grow each year and is a vital part of the middle and high school campuses. Center Band Boosters work hard each year to provide scholarships for band students in addition to the Roughrider scholarships funded.
Class of 1977Class of 1977The CHS Class of 1977 joined other graduating classes to honor the members of their class. They are investing in the future of fellow Roughriders each year and encourage graduates to join with class members and fund a scholarship as well!
Class of 1940Class of 1940Another class that graduated during World War II who joined together to fund a scholarship for fellow Roughriders! This scholarship honors members of the Class of 1940.
F.L. Moffett PrimaryMoffett StaffThe scholarship honors the staff at F.L. Moffett Primary…the campus where Roughriders begin their educational journey! Staff members at Moffett raised the funds to establish this scholarship and encourage all CHS graduates to continue their education after high school at a technical, two year or four year college!
Tyson Food IncTyson FoodsTyson Foods is the largest US food company and is a leading employer in Center. The Tyson Foundation provides opportunities for scholarships for the children of employees and growers; however, to give back to the Center local community, they endowed a Roughrider Scholarship as well.
Gail and ToopieCuculicGail and Toopie CuculicAlthough now deceased, this scholarship was endowed by Gail and Toopie Cuculic in support of the Roughrider Foundation and Center graduates. The Cuculic family has funded several scholarships and continues to encourage CHS students to continue their education after graduating!
Farmers State BankFarmers State BankOn behalf of the Directors, Officers and Employees of Farmers State Bank, this Roughrider Foundation scholarship has been endowed to assist Center graduates. In 1904, fourteen stockholders organized Farmers National Bank and opened its doors. The name was changed to Farmers State Bank in 1915. FSB has a history of investing in the lives of people in Center, Shelby County and beyond!
C. RayScurlockLynda ScurlockC. Ray Scurlock graduated from Center High School and went on to earn a degree from Texas A & M University. He was a successful geologist and a businessman in the oil industry in northern Louisiana. His sister, Lynda Scurlock, endowed this scholarship to honor her brother.
John TomScurlockLynda ScurlockJohn Tom Scurlock was born in Center, Tx, and graduated from Center High School. He attended Texas A & M University. When World War II interrupted his undergraduate studies, he was drafted into the US Army. After the war he returned to A & M and completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering. He became a professor at Tulane University, where he met his first wife. Upon being recalled by the military, he spent several years in Stuttgart, Germany. Returning from Germany, he became head of the Physics Dept. at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. At NASA, his life changed forever. While working to apply mathematical concepts to plastic materials, he became intrigued with the invention of various products. From this background, he invented the inflatable amusement ride known as the Space Walk. An entrepreneur at heart, he then took on the risk of founding a business of selling and renting Space Walks. From meager beginnings, the company grew to be a very popular inflatable amusement ride giving tremendous joy to people throughout the world. John developed other products using air and plastic, including a safety air cushion designed to rescue people forced to jump from high-rise buildings during fires. The cushion became popular among Hollywood stuntmen. John was founder and president of Space Walk, Inc and Safety Air Cushion, Inc. His sister, Lynda Scurlock, endowed this scholarship in honor of her brother, John.
DoiceGrantBand BoostersThe Center Band Boosters award this scholarship each year in honor of long time band director, Doice Grant. Mr. Grant's reputation for demanding the best of his band students has impacted not only the band program, but hundreds of students he has directed in band. He continues to share his musical expertise and the Band Boosters are proud to honor him with a Roughrider Scholarship.
BoBarbeFamily and FriendsBo Barbe grew up in the Aiken Community. He was the son and grandson of farmers. Upon graduating from Center High School, he worked in the family's watermelon field. His grandparents summoned him to their house at noon on a hot summer day and said, "Son, we read in the paper that they are registering students at Stephen F. Austin this afternoon." He replied, "Popa, I don't have any money." Poppa Kin replied, "Son, I didn't ask you if you had any money, your grandmother and I have decided you are going to college. Get cleaned up, take the pick-up and go register." And he did. Education changed everything for him. His children and family couldn't think of a better way to honor his legacy and the bright future of the recipient than with this scholarship. The family of Bo Barbe wishes you all the best and sincerely hopes this scholarship helps you achieve all your dreams. "Go out and make us proud." The Bo Barbe Family
Bridges and MaggieHarrisMarge Harris Bentsen & Ann Harris RalphMr. Harris was a businessman and owned a lumberyard…he was also a banker at Farmers State Bank. Mrs. Harris was a homemaker. Their daughters have funded this scholarship to honor the memory of their parents, and encourage the recipient to work hard to earn the future desired!
LucretiaBusseyCenter Chpt ATPEThe Shelby County Chpt. of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) funded this scholarship in memory of Lucretia Bussey, a long-time member. Her career as a counselor and teacher spanned over 40 years while touching the lives of thousands of children and young adults. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Center where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years. She inspired "Lucretia's Christmas Wish" offering Special Education students the opportunity to get gifts for their families for Christmas. Lucretia was awarded the honor of Center Alumni of the Year in 2004. She also worked tirelessly for Special Olympics taking participants to the games each year. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Music Study Club and Reading Club in Center. Lucretia's roots ran deep in Shelby County for over five generations. Lucretia touched many lives while in the education profession. This scholarship is given in her memory.
DarrenWilsonShelby Co. Ducks UnlimitedThe scholarship is presented in memory of Darren Wilson by the members of Ducks Unlimited. Darren died in a tractor accident while providing assistance to someone in need. The scholarship awarded in him memory each year continues Darren's legacy of helping others. The recipient is challenged to continue the legacy and make a difference by helping others when you have an opportunity to do so.
Aileen & ForneyParkerJack and Frank ParkerThis scholarship is endowed in memory of Aileen and Forney Parker, parents of the late F.E. Parker, Sr. Mr. Parker, while still living, chose to honor the memory of his parents by helping students to achieve their goal of college attendance via a Roughrider Foundation scholarship.
StanleyBurgayShelby County Bass AnglersThe Shelby County Bass Anglers are providing this scholarship in memory of Stanley Burgay. Stanley retired from the Center Police Dept after 30 years of service. Following his retirement, Mr. Burgay continued in law enforcement by serving as Constable in Timpson for 12 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and was Captain of the Timpson High School Association Fishing club. He was known for his ability to bring in the fish or tell others where to catch them. Mr. Burgay was very influential in the community, playing an important role in mentoring troubled young people. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
BobbyLeeFamily and FriendsThe scholarship in memory of Bobby Lee was endowed by his son, the late Rick Lee. Bobby was both a teacher and coach for Center ISD and had the opportunity to impact the lives of many students. Through the scholarship in his memory, his legacy continues.
Andrew "Andy"ChanceThe Fowler Law Firm, Inc.Andy Chance attended Baylor University, completed law school and served as the school attorney for Center ISD as well as other districts across the state of Texas. His parents, Al and Carole Ann Chance, both worked for Center ISD. Upon the untimely death of Andy, The Fowler Law Firm, Inc, where he was employed chose to honor his memory with a scholarship via the Roughrider Foundation.
Carolyn IrishBourqueLeonard IrishLeonard Irish chose to honor the memory of his sister, Carolyn Irish Bourque, with a Roughrider Foundation scholarship. Carolyn graduated from Center High School in 1963, attended Panola College and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State College in 1967. She taught elementary school in Port Arthur for three years, then 33 years in the Bridge City school system. She earned a Master's degree in English from Lamar State College. Carolyn retired in 2004. The scholarship is to encourage students entering the teaching profession.
ByronMcDanielCenter Band BoostersByron McDaniel was a long-time supporter of the Center band program and the Center Band Boosters endowed this Roughrider Scholarship to honor his memory and is awarded to a graduating band member each year.
DavidSpecterFriends and FamilyDavid Specter was a Center High School senior who lost his life his senior year in a tragic automobile accident. He touched the lives of many and his memory lives on in the hearts of the family and friends who knew him. David's family and friends chose to honor his memory with a scholarship to provide an opportunity for another senior to attend college after graduation.
Clint and ClayDonnanGeneral Shelters and EmployeesThe Clint and Clay Donnan Roughrider Scholarship was given by General Shelters of Texas. Memories of the boys are shared by their mother. " Clint had a great sense of humor and was very caring. He wanted everyone to be happy. He loved basketball. The Doppler radar had just come out and every time you would ask him, "How do you know that?" Clint would say, "Thought you knew - I have a Doppler in my closet!" He graduated from Timpson High School in 1996 and was attending Panola at the time of his accident on his way from class. His speech teacher sent his mother a few of his class assignments after the accident - one was a tape of his speech presentation. It started out with "Today is your lucky day because you are going to get to learn a little more about Clint Donnan." Then it went on about how Cody was his best friend and he did not know what he was going to do when he went away to Baylor, but then he started hanging out with Clay and they became better friends. He valued relationships and people. Clay was a Mr. Fix-It and the Captain of Fun. There was not anything he would not tackle and not much he would not do which made it very interesting trying to raise him. He was so smart and capable , but so happy just to be in the here and now. Both of the boys had a good work ethic - when it mattered, they got it done. " This scholarship honors the memory of Clint and Clay Donnan.
Dr. Victor and WavaMathewsThe Mathews ChildrenThe Mathews Children have honored the memory of their parents with this Roughrider Foundation scholarship. Dr. Mathews was a dentist in Center for many years; both were well respected in the community and valued education. A Center senior will receive a scholarship in their memory each year.
TillotsonDavis (Class of 2009)Family and FriendsDavis Tillotson was a 2009 graduate of Center High School. Davis aspired to be an agriculture teacher. He was a member and song leader at Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ. Davis lives on in the memory of family and friends that love him. This scholarship will keep his memory alive as a Center senior receives a scholarship each year.
Gregory MackLumanFamily and FriendsThis scholarship is awarded in memory of Greg Luman. Greg graduated from Center High School in 1980 and had attended Tyler and Panola Junior Colleges. Greg was a huge sports fan. He loved the Texas Longhorns and had a love-hate relationship with the Dallas Cowboys. He liked attending live events, having traveled many miles to games all over the state. Greg had worked as a pre-arranged funeral salesman since 1996 and owned a used car businesses during this time period. He loved playing golf, working in the yard and gardening. He played baseball in high school and enjoyed fishing as well. Greg will be missed by all who knew him.
GeneBiddleJanie Biddle and FriendsGene Biddle was a long time Center businessman who worked hard to help Center grow. He was a Founder and Principal Owner of Rite Care Corp, a member of the Nat'l Broiler Council and served as President in 1969-70. Gene was an active member of the Galveston & Center Rotary Club for 18 years and was a charter member of the Center Country Club.
He also served on the Board of Directors of Shelby Savings Bank.
He was a member of the Center Flying Club, The Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, American Bonanza Society and Former Vice-President of the Southwest Bonanza Society. Gene was a part of many organizations; however, one of which he was most proud was his service in World War II as a member of the US Army Air Force. This scholarship was endowed by his wife, Janie Biddle, as well as his many friends and associates.
James Roscoe & Evie LeeMcSwainJ.C. and Venorah McSwainJames Roscoe and Evie Lee McSwain made their home in the Old Salem Community of Shelby County and raised four children while farming and peddling their crops locally as well as in surrounding communities. They were known as "mild mannered" and having "a fiery spirit". Both were talented musically and shared their talents in church. They lived lives through their strong belief in God, hard work and helping their neighbors. This scholarship is given in their memory by members of the McSwain family.
HomerBryceMike and Jan WilhiteThis scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State Universit. Mr. Bryce was a successful businessman and used his resources to support education at the high school and college levels. This scholarship was funded by his daughter and son-in-law to honor his memory.
Jon, Misty, and MacyBushFamily and FriendsThis scholarship is given in memory of Jon, Misty and Macy Bush through the donation of family and a host of friends. This family was killed in a tragic automobile accident in 1999. The scholarship is one way this family is remembered while providing an opportunity for students to continue their education.
Jamie CampbellGambleFamily and FriendsJamie Campbell Gamble was a teacher who touched the lives of many children over the years. Jamie valued education and her memory lives on as this scholarship provides an opportunity for CHS students to attend college. Jamie was the daughter of James and Mona Campbell and the scholarship is given in her memory.
Lewis and Johnnie RuthBrownFamilyLewis and Johnnie Ruth Brown were active members of the community and valued education. Their son, Burton, graduated from Center High School and Texas Christian University. This scholarship is awarded each year in their memory and provides a Center senior the opportunity to enroll in college.
KathrynVaughnFamily and FriendsKathryn Vaughn was a primary teacher who enrolled in college and earned her teaching degree after having her family. She loved children and being a teacher. She is an example that it is never too late to follow your dreams. This scholarship is awarded in her memory and is to encourage Center seniors to reach for the stars!
MalloryFranksMallory Franks FoundationThe Mallory Franks Foundation was established in 1994 in memory of Mallory Franks to honor her life and to assist families with life threatening illness. Mallory was born in December, 1982, the firstborn daughter of Kenneth and Michelle Verdine Franks. Mallory was diagnosed with leukemia in 1994, when she was a 6th grade student at C.H. Daniels Intermediate School. Mallory loved swimming, sports and being with friends...she would have graduated with the CHS Class of 2001. The Mallory Franks Foundation assisted many families over the course of its active years. The board decided to honor Mallory every year with a perpetual scholarship through the Roughrider Foundation.
MitchellBaileyDonnans, Tomlins, BaileysMitchell Bailey was a kind and loving man. His children were the pride of his life and he loved Tammy so much. He was very thoughtful and would go by his mother and father's home every morning to check on them before he started his day. He farmed watermelons and was in the logging business. Mitchell was known for eating Butterfingers and leaving half of the bar on the dash of his vehicle. Everyone loved him and his memory is honored through a Roughrider Scholarship funded by Jim and Tresa Donnan, Terry and Pam Bailey and Richard and Vicki Tomlin.
Luke "Jack"Motley Jr.Luke Motley, IIIMr. Jack Motley, Jr. was a key business leader in Center and Shelby County. He served as President of Farmers State Bank for many years and had the opportunity to assist the growth of various industries in the county. He was a member of the Center School Board and valued education. His son, Luke Motley, III funded a scholarship in his memory. Jack had a favorite poem that represented him well. "Nothing ever rose to touch the skies unless someone dreamed that it might, someone thought that it should, and someone willed that it must." Author unknown
Mr. and Mrs. JohnnyMasseyF.E. and Doris ParkerThis scholarship was funded to honor the memory of the Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Massey. The late Doris Parker joined with her late husband, F.E. Parker to endow a scholarship in memory of her parents to help students reach their goal of attending college.
Mitchell Jetton (Family)Virgina JettonMitchell Jetton encouraged his children and grandchildren to attend college. His wife, the late Virginia Jetton, chose to honor his memory by awarding a scholarship to help a Center High School students have the opportunity to attend college as well. This scholarship is in memory of Mitchell Jetton.
Mr. & Mrs. H.H.Neilson Sr.Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Davis, Jr.This scholarship is awarded in memory of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Neilson, Sr. - the parents of the late Mrs. W.I. Davis, Jr. The Davis family has supported education and utilized its resources to make a positive impact in Center and Shelby County.
PamBaldwinFamily and FriendsThe scholarship in memory of Pam Baldwin is made possible by her family and many friends. Pam was the embodiment of joy. She loved teaching, students and having fun. She brought the love of all three of these things into her classroom every day. If she saw a child getting off the bus in a grumpy sort, she would pick or sing a silly song to make them laugh and make their day better. She was a ray of sunshine everywhere she went. Her energy and enthusiasm were absolutely contagious. Se made learning and life fund for her students and fellow teachers.
Mr. and Mrs. AaronBolesWeldon BolesThis scholarship is given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Boles, the grandparents of Mrs. Lisa McAdams, a Roughrider Foundation board member. Aaron farmed his land for many years, raising cattle and crops. Mary Boles was a housewife, mother and ran a general store that was in a small building beside her property. This store was to help the families in the Clever Creek Community. They raised three children: Waylon and the twins, Weldon and Mary Helen.
Terry and PamBaileyBailey Family FoundationThe scholarship honors the memory of Terry and Pam Bailey. Terry was a self-made man and rose to be one of East Texas' most prolific entrepreneurs. Pam graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in business. After the couple married on Sept. 27, 1980, she quietly became the firm foundation of their immediate and extended family. For 36 years together, Terry and Pam impacted their families and their community with their truly unique partnership which blended very different gifts. The Bailey's thrived on togetherness and the joy of a close-knit family. That philosophy carried over into their businesses where partnerships often involved family members, but even those who were unrelated became indistinguishable from blood relations. Terry was larger than life and could not help but to inspire. Pam, marvelously drew no attention to herself, while almost invisibly making everything in their complicated lives actually work. Terry caused every man to measure himself. Pam on the other hand, made everyone feel as though they measured up. To her, status and stature were irrelevant. Pam had a servant's heart and a genuine caring nature. She made everyone she came across feel worthwhile. Both of their children are graduates of Center High School and earned college degrees. This scholarship will ensure CHS graduates have opportunity to do the same, and is just one way Terry and Pam will be remembered in our community.
PatBuddinFamily and FriendsThis scholarship is given in memory of Pat Buddin, long time Center businessman. He served in the United State Army. Pat met his wife, Peggy, on a blind date and on that date, he asked for her hand in marriage. She said, "Yes" and they were married three months later. In August on 1967, Pat and Peggy moved to Center. In December of the same year, he became one of the founders of Toledo Finance Corporation. Pat later became the sole owner and today there are over sixty locations in Texas. He loved Toledo Finance Corporation and he most recently served as Chairman of the Board. Pat had a love for cars and over the years he owned a variety of automobiles. He enjoyed attending "Board Meetings" at Center Tire Company with his close friends. He had a huge heart and loved helping others. Pat was a member of First Baptist Church in Center. Both of Pat's children are CHS graduates and his family and friends have chosen to honor his memory with a Roughrider Foundation scholarship.
James and BeckyGreerJames and Becky GreerThis scholarship is given in memory of James Greer and honor of Becky Greer. James was the county extension agent for many years in Shelby County and worked with young people. Becky is a retired SFASU professor and committed her professional career to helping young adults prepare for their future careers. Both of the Greer's children are graduates of Center High School.
VirginaJetton FamilyVirginia Jetton graduated from Stephen F. Austin State Teachers' College in Nacogdoches, Tx and for many years taught in the Center public school system where she enjoyed having a positive impact on her students. Above all, she cherished her family, and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She would be proud that her family chose to honor her memory with a Roughrider Foundation scholarship!
MannPinkstonMann PinkstonMann Pinkston joined with his wife, Catherine Pinkston, in supporting the creation of the Pinkston/Roughrider Scholarship Foundation to encourage the youth of Center to continue their education after high school. The late Mr. Pinkston endowed this scholarship.
JamesInnesJames InnesJames Innes was a graduate of Center High School and ranked as the Valedictorian of his class. Over the years he enjoyed keeping up with the Roughriders and determined that a donation to the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation was a long-term investment in the future of CHS students. This scholarship is awarded in his memory.
James and MonaCampbellJames and Mona CampbellThis Roughrider Scholarship honors the memory of James and Mona Campbell. Mr. James, as he was known, had a major impact on the growth of business in Shelby County. Ms. Mona was a supportive partner in his endeavors. Both instilled the importance of education in their three children and grandchildren and are known for giving back to the community in which they live. Several Roughrider Foundation scholarships have been funded by the Campbell family.
Mr. and Mrs. H.H.JonesThe Campbell FamilyThis scholarship is awarded in memory of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Jones, the great-grandparents of Angela Campbell Koonce, the late Rick Campbell and the late Jamie Campbell Gamble. The Campbell family are generous supporters of the Roughrider Foundation and have honored numerous family members with a scholarship awarded to a Center HS senior.
Shelby Regional Medical CenterShelby Regional Medical CenterAlthough no longer open, the Shelby Regional Medical Center Board endowed a Roughrider Scholarship on behalf of the employees and staff while a functioning hospital in Center. The facility served Shelby County residents for many years providing needed, local medical care.
MattieDellingerFriends Mattie Dellinger wrote a news column for several years and kept Shelby County versed in the rich history of the community. Mattie's Partyline was a favorite radio show - she shared her knowledge and interviewed a wide range of people. In 2008, Dellinger was honored with the official title of "town historian". Even though Mattie Dellinger was admired by the likes of Dan Rather and Willie Nelson, her biggest fans were her neighbors in Center, Tx. This scholarship is awarded in her memory and funded by her many friends and fans.
Pride of Shelby County - CHS BandCHS Band BoostersThe Center Band Boosters work tirelessly to support and provide opportunities for the Center band program. This "Pride of Shelby County" scholarship is given to honor the CHS band and the success it has achieved.
Ray Jones - Chevrolet/Center Motor CompanyRay JonesThe Ray Jones Chevrolet/Center Motor Company Roughrider Scholarship is an example of the support provided in the community and for the youth of Center. The scholarship honors both of these Center businesses.
TolbertFosterBetty Foster (Deceased)Mrs. Tolbert (Betty) Foster chose to honor her late husband, Tolbert, with the endowment of a Roughrider Scholarship. Tolbert Foster made numerous contributions to the growth of Center. With his father, Tolbert headed Center Broadcasting Company which operates KDET and later built the cable television system in Center. He was a co-founder of the Center Country Club and helped design the club's golf course. Mr. Foster enjoyed traveling and continues to impact the future of Center through this scholarship award.
Shelby Savings BankShelby Savings Bank Directors, Officers and EmployeesThis scholarship honors the directors, officers and employees of Shelby Savings Bank. SSB officially opened in 1982 and was established as a financial institution for the people of Shelby County, locally owned and operated by neighbors and friends. SSB has a mission to listen and respond to the needs of their customers and actively supports activities throughout Center, Shelby County and beyond.
Class of 1965James K. Latham, Jr.James K. Latham, Jr. honored his graduating Class of 1965 with the endowment of this Roughrider Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2023.
JudyBowersFormer Students & FriendsThis scholarship was endowed in honor of Judy Bowers, CHS Math teacher, who was known for excellence and preparing students for college math. Ms. Bowers graduated from The University of Texas in Austin. The scholarship was endowed former students and friends who remember the standard of excellence set by Judy Bowers at Center High School. This scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2022.
Kyle GlennBushThe Bailey Family FoundationKyle Bush met the love of his life, Carla and they married in 1992. They were blessed with three children and Kyle's world revolved around his family. Kyle worked in construction and wore many hats along the way; he made investments that allowed him to provide for his family in the best way possible. He enjoyed spending time in the woods and on the riverbank. He was an outdoorsman and loved fishing and hunting. Kyle was blessed with many friends and he was known for his ability to entertain and cook for a crowd. He was an outstanding 42 player and he and his daughter Kaylie claimed first place in the 2021 Grill Fest 42 Tournament. The Bailey Family Foundation honored the memory of Kyle Bush with an endowed scholarship under the Roughrider Foundation. The scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2023.
JudyFosterFamily and FriendsJudy was a graduate of Lamesa High School and attended Texas Tech University and Lubbock Commercial College. She married Terry Foster and they were blessed with three children and a bonus daughter. Judy moved to Center in 1974 and started farm life, raising cattle, chickens and kids. She worked for Herider Farms and later for Bounds Insurance. Judy loved God, her family and her church and volunteered at church taking every opportunity to serve. Her recent years were spent with her treasured grandchildren and she supported their activities, encouraging them at every game, rodeo, concert or special achievement. This scholarship in memory of Judy Foster and was awarded for the first time in 2023.
EarlBiggersFamily and FriendsThis scholarship is awarded in memory of Mr. Earl Biggers. He was born in Shelby County in 1913 and attended the community school at Brady where his older siblings were teachers. Earl graduated from SFA with a degree in Agriculture and later earned his Master's degree in Education in 1936. He taught and coached for many years in east Texas before serving as Shelby County School Superintendent in the 1950s. In the 1960's, he and his family moved to England where he worked closely with the USAF military. While there he found an enjoyable way to "coach" the airmen in their Air Force football and basketball based rivalries. This was his "side" job; he was paid a salary of $1.00 annually. Earl believed strongly in formal education K-12 and post-secondary. he also believed in athletics and extra-curricular as important arenas for learning life lessons and working cooperatively with others. He would be pleased to see young adults receiving a scholarship in his memory to help advance their education and to prepare them for life's many unknown opportunities. His daughter, Mickey Biggers Wulf, has worked for Center ISD for many years in the Special Education Dept to ensure students are provided the assistance needed to be successful adults in their chosen career field.
Dr and Mrs. William Ginn, Jr.Mrs. Eleanor GinnDr. Ginn was born in Little Rock, Ark to Marie and William V. Ginn. He moved to Memphis, Tenn and is a graduate of Memphis State University. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy (with honors) and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (with honors). Dr. Ginn served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lt - he became a helicopter instructor until his discharge. After discharge, he attend medical school, completed his internship and residency in surgery at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He practiced surgery with Drs Hooker and Mallory in Center, Texas. He assumed practice in Tenaha, Texas, for 9 years until retirement. He was a member of Rho Chi and Alpha Omega Alpha. Mrs. Eleanor Ginn has been active in community organizations and chose to honor her husband through a Roughrider Foundation scholarship.
Julian and RenaTaylorFamilyJulian Taylor was born in Center and graduated from CHS in 1940. He attended SFA and was in the Corp of Cadets at Texas A & M. He earned his degree from the Univ of Omaha in 1966. Col. Taylor began serving his country in 1943, when members of the military Corps of Cadets were called to duty in WWII. He served for 27 yrs. on active duty in US Air Force with over 15 yrs. in the Strategic Air Command as a nuclear Bombardier/Navigator/Radar/or Missile Operator. He accumulated over 8,000 hrs. of flying time covering a time span of WW II, Korean War and the Vietnam War. He earned several different kinds of Silver Wings. He participated in two atomic bomb tests in Nevada and his B-52 crew flew top secret missions along the border of the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis. When he returned to Center, Col. Taylor was active in numerous civic and community organizations, served in leadership roles and receiving awards. Rena Taylor graduated from Nacogdoches HS and attended SFA State Teachers College. She became a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps during WW II at Tri-State Hospital School of Nursing in Shreveport. She became a registered nurse and received advanced nursing training. Her brother was injured in WWII and she was inspired to earn the commissioned officer rank of 2nd Lt. in the US Army Nurse Corps. She served as a nurse for over 40 years in various states and out of the country and at Memorial Hospital in Center from 1971-1985. She was active in various organizations and had leadership roles.
GeneralShelters of TexasGeneral SheltersEstablished by James Campbell over five decades ago, General Shelters of Texas has enjoyed consistent growth. It's headquarters and manufacturing plant in Center has grown over the years. General Shelters supports the growth of the community and established this scholarship to support the youth of Center.
SammyArnoldShelby County Bass AnglersSammy Arnold is an active member of the Shelby County Bass Anglers and the club honored him with a scholarship. He is active in Lions Club and a volunteer with Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Regardless of the organization, Sammy gives 100% and is always one of the leading fund raisers. He is a big supporter of the annual Take a Kid Fishing program.