It is with great pride that we introduce the first Alpha Beta Sigma News Letter on our premier web site. Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter is the oldest Alumni Chapter in the Greater Houston Area dating back to 1933. With its rich history at one time the chapter boasted of having over one hundred active members with three International Presidents, the Hon. Alvin J. McNeil, the Hon. John E. Westberry, and the Hon. Paul L. Griffin. Several brothers who were inductees into the Distinguished Service Chapter, the Hon. Lewis Engram and the Hon. William (Billie) Nicks, (Legendary Hall of Fame Football Coach) and past Gulf Coast Regional Director, the Hon. Theo Woodard. We are also very proud of a litany of professional educators and public servants such as the past U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige, Judge Morris Overstreet, Omar Reid, Houston Director of Human Resources, Edward Patten Jr, MD, River Side General Hospital, entertainers, such as, Joe Sample, Joe Caramouche, Houston Oiler Great Kenny Burroughs, Pastor Manson Johnson, Holman Street Baptist Church and Dr. Charles Edwards, Educator. There are numerous other men of Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter who have distinguished themselves throughout Houston and the nation.
Our facility is known as the Westberry – Engram Sigma Educational foundation which is currently located at 3247 Elgin Street, Houston, Texas, 77045. On the first Thursday of each month we conduct our chapter meeting as we prepare for the many community and social activities that are scheduled throughout the year. Just to name a few, we have our Annual Celebration of Founders Day, the Annual Orchid Ball and Scholarship Gala, also with excitement and enthusiasm, the men of Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter will be hosting the 39th Annual Gulf Coast Regional Conference at the Royal Sonesta Hotel here in Houston starting on Thursday, March 26 thru Saturday, March 28th, under the leadership of the Hon. Thomas Edwards, Gulf Coast Regional Director. We will also take part in several of our national projects such as the HIV/AIDS walk, the March for Babies walk on the University of Houston Campus.
We are located at 3247 Elgin Street, Houston, Texas, 77004
The entry way enshrines two of our great men of Sigma, Hon. John Westberry and the Hon. Lewis Engram. We also have Sigma memorabilia in our souvenir store and several historical copies of the Sigma Crescent Magazine on Display.
Years of Dedicated Service
Past Presidents of Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter
Left to right top; Bro. Tyrone Turner, Bro. Goldman Butler, Bro. Tim Hadley, Bro. Craig Rogers, Bro. Omar Reid
Left to right bottom; Bro. Dr. Charles Edwards, Bro. Reginald King, Bro. Edward Patten, MD, Bro. Sam ford, Hon. Bro. Theo Woodard
We are very excited to have our past chapter presidents of Alpha Beta Sigma gather at the Frat House to fellowship. With a rich legacy of brotherhood and community service these Men of Sigma have stayed the course and have committed their time and resources to our beloved fraternity. “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity”
An Historical moment in Sigma / Zeta Relations
Featured from left to right; Bro. Leo D. Rosebure of Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter Soror, Kay Jones Rosebure, Southern Regional Director, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Grand Basileus, Mary Breaux Wright, of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Bro. James Wright, Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
For the first time in the history of Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. two members of the same chapter, Bro. James Wright is the husband of the International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Mary Breaux Wright and Bro. Leo D. Rosebure is the husband of Soror kay Jones Rosebure, Zeta’s Southern Regional Director, and like wise for the first time in Zetas history, both wives are members of Lambda Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, in Houston Texas. Both couples also have children and family members who are Sigma’s & Zetas.
With such a strong bond and love for their organizations, it is no wonder that the spirited relationship between our International President, Jimmy Hammock and Grand, Mary Breaux Wright has fostered one of the greatest business and social collaborations of our time. Upon being elected as the International President of Zeta and knowing the importance of our 100th Year Anniversary and along with her love for Sigma, she immediately set about changing Zetas Boule’ from Florida to Washington D.C. in 2014 so that this once in a life time event could be shared by our brother and sister organizations. A tremendous accomplishment that speaks volumes for her commitment to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Another Great Milestone
A Tribute to Bro. James L. Walker, Chaplain Emeritus
It is with great pride and honor that we acknowledge one of our dearest brothers and salute him on his 101st Birthday
Bro. James S. Walker a native Texan was born on January 17, 1916, a retired business man who taught school for several years after graduating Prairie View in 1941. Before and after serving 4 years in the U. S Army during World War II he owned a building and construction business for 15 years then moved to Houston and opened Ray’s Barbecue which he operated for 37 years. Bro. Walker is a 65 plus year member of Antioch Baptist Church, a life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter, and a life member of the YMCA and the NAACP. He is also a member of the East Gate Lodge #432 A.F. and A.M. of Masons and is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Anna Dupree Retirement Village. Bro. Walker is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his religious, civic, and community service. He was honored as “Mr. Prairie View” in 2003 by the Prairie View National Alumni Association. “Man of the Year” Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, as well as receiving the Humanitarian award by the Houston-Harris County Retired Teachers Association, the 1997 Malachi Award and the Golden Member Honoree Award by Antioch Baptist Church.
Bro. Walker was married to Mary Bell Greenwood until her death in 1969, and in 1972 he married Soror, Edna McGowen, who just recently passed away in the fall of 2012. She was always by his side and visited us often at the frat house for some good food and a great game of dominoes. She is truly missed. Bro. Walker is the father of two children, Bro. Don Walker (a sigma man), and his daughter Debra Walker Briggs. He is a grandfather and great grandfather affectionately known as “CJ”. The men of Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter helped Bro. Walker usher in his 101st Birthday on January 17, 2017. Bro. James S. Walker remains active today as the Chaplain Emeritus of Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter. You can still catch him for a good game of dominoes every Monday at the frat house. “Bro. James S. Walker a great Phi Beta Sigma Man”
Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter - Men of Successful
Businesses & Carriers
Pastor, Ricky Georgetown is our first featured brother in the Business and Occupational Career presentation. Bro. Georgetown is currently the Pastor of the United Methodist Church in Alvin, Texas. He is both cherished and greatly respected by his congregation and the city of Alvin, just south of Houston Texas. Bro. Georgetown attended Texas Southern University and began his walk with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., as he progressed in his studies and positive experiences. He eventually became the undergraduate president of the Beta Delta Chapter on campus. Upon graduating from the university, Bro. Georgetown joined ranks with Alpha Beta Sigma Alumni Chapter in Houston and made his presence felt in various activities and community service projects and at the same time pursing his spiritual calling by studying at the McCormick Theological Seminary. “Congratulation Bro. Ricky Georgetown”
- Published by Sigmas of Houston