Memorial, Funeral Services Set for Former Houston Guard Cecil Rose

Jan. 2, 2014

HOUSTON - Memorial and funeral services have been set for former University of Houston guard Cecil Rose, who passed away late last week.

A memorial service celebrating Rose's life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at Windsor Village United Methodist Church, located at Kingdom Builders' Center (6011 W. Orem, Houston, TX 77085).

Funeral services will be held in the Bahamas at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at Salem Baptist Church (Taylor Street, Nassau).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Cecil Rose's name to the Cougar Pride Houston Athletic Scholarship Fund. (4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77004).

Rose joined the Cougars for the 1974-75 season and finished with four letters under legendary head coach Guy V. Lewis. He connected on 52.2 percent of his shots from the field during his collegiate career and scored 1,244 points, a total which continues to rank 23rd in school history.

From 1974-78, Rose helped lead the Cougars to a 87-37 record with a berth in the NIT Championship Game in 1977 and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament First Round in 1978.

As a senior captain in 1977-78, he averaged a career-high 17.6 points per game and was named to the All-Southwest Conference Second Team and NABC All-District 9 Third Team.

Following his collegiate playing days, he was taken in the fifth round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets and played professionally for two years before returning to Houston as a graduate assistant coach for the 1980-81 season.

Rose also competed for the Bahamas National Team during the Pan American Games and was bestowed the national Bahamian honor Goodwill Basketball Ambassador by Prime Minister Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling and Minister of Sports Kendal Nottage.

He served his native country for more than 30 years, promoting the Bahamas to the world as a representative of the Ministry of Tourism.

Rose and his family have a long history at the University of Houston. With his arrival in the mid-1970s, Rose began a connection that has lasted nearly four decades and continues today.

His younger brother, Lynden Rose, played for the Cougars from 1980 to 1982 and was a member of Houston's celebrated Phi Slama Jama team before being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the sixth round of the 1982 NBA Draft.

Lynden Rose also served as a member of the UH Board of Regents from 2004 to 2009.

Sisters Debra Rose-Munnings and Sharon Rose Hutchinson are prominent international attorneys, while sister Priscilla Rose is an executive health care professional. All three sisters also attended the University of Houston after Cecil Rose's arrival.

His nephew, L.J. Rose, is currently a sophomore point guard for the 2013-14 team, competing in his first season at UH after transferring from Baylor.



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