It is with profound sadness that we share the death of a greatly beloved deacon from Northwest Texas. Deacon Roland Rose, formerly of Andrews and Midland, died Saturday, July 9th, at 9:30am, following surgery for a broken leg. His health, which had been fragile for some time, declined quickly after the surgery.
Deacon Roland is known for his faithful work with the summer camp program at Quarterman Camp and Conference Center, known later as Quarterman Ranch. He researched and developed Promise Camp, a summer camp program for children of the incarcerated after seeing a need for ministry to the children of those persons he served in prison ministry. He served as its chair for six years and directed the summer camp arts and crafts activities at Quarterman Ranch for ten years. Promise Camp eventually became two camps after the closing of Quarterman Ranch. Promises for Families, a foundation operated by Katy Hoskins of Sweetwater, was a spin off of Promise Camp, as is Promise Project, a camp for at-risk children in the northern Panhandle, which was initially developed from the Promise Camp idea by Deacon Todd Baxley. Deacon Roland greatly impacted the lives of at-risk children of this area in a positive and loving way by allowing them to enjoy life without stress for a short time, when they could actually be "kids" and enjoy the things children enjoy. An article about the ministries of Deacon Roland and his wife, Doña Josie, appeared in the March 2011 edition of The Newsletter. The article is available by following this link.
Deacon Roland and his wife relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida, after their retirement to be closer to their son's family. He leaves behind his loving wife, the Rev. Josie (Doña Josie) Rose, who served as Vicar for Santa Maria Virgen Episcopal Church in Midland prior to its designation as a Jubilee Center; one son, Noel Christopher, who lives in St. Petersburg, FL, with his wife, Chris, and their son, Indie; and a daughter, Laura Elena, who served in the US Air Force during Operation Desert Storm and resides now in the Midwest.
A memorial service for Deacon Roland will be held in Florida for his Floridian friends.
The funeral service for Deacon Roland will be held in the Diocese of Northwest Texas at St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church, located at 4000 W. Loop 250 North, Midland, TX, on Saturday, July 30th, at 2:00 pm.
Condolences may be sent to the Rose Family at:
5539 7th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
or to the Rev. Josie Rose at email@example.com.