When Ann Boney speaks, or sings...others listen.
And it's that unmistakable voice that touches the hearts of everyone she meets.
"Mrs. Boney has been a great inspiration to my life. She disciplines me when I come to choir and I leave with a smile," choir member Shakhayla Robertson said.
She directs the youth choir at the Greater Tabernacle Baptist Church in Bryan, teaching the kids of the youth she taught 30 years ago as the church's youth director.
"She's awesome. We love Mrs. Boney. She's amazing," echoes choir members Raigan Holland and Taylor Batiste.
She not only uses her voice for singing. Ann Boney uses her strong voice in the community.
"People helping people. I want to be able to help people. I'm not scared," said Boney.
She currently serves as President of the Brazos County NAACP, a position she's held for more than a decade.
It's an organization she grew up in, and also serves as a state trainer.
"When we can actually set aside some of the issues we have from years past and we can all sit down together and try to help each other out, I think that we can form a more perfect union," adds Boney.
Her involvement with the NAACP has enabled Ann to serve on other community boards.
Boney said, "I like to be a part of what I am. If I am going to live in the community, then why not serve the community."
"I have never known Ann to not be fully committed to whatever it is she participates in. So you know if Ann Boney is going to be involved in something, it's going to be successful, said City of Bryan Deputy City Manager Hugh Walker. "She will dedicate whatever time and energy and resources is necessary for success."
Ann serves on the City of Bryan's Civil Service Commission, is an active member of the Police Department's Citizen Advisory Board, and assisted in the search for two police chiefs.
"So many times people focus on themselves and they're not so worried about others. Ann is truly worried and compassionate about everybody in the community," Walker added.
"I like to try and think that I'm helping people to see the bigger picture. It's not about an individual. It's not about Ann, but it's about what I can do for my community," Boney said.
Ann calls herself a servant for the people, but she tries not to over commit because she still has a day job.
Ann is a staff assistant at Texas A&M's Benz School of Floral Design. When she isn't registering students for classes, she's volunteering to help them. Ann co-advises the student floral designers.
"I want to be remembered, as someone who always put others first. I want to be remembered that if there was a problem, if there was a need, that I could meet that need, Boney said. "I want my living not to be in vain."
You can watch the Jefferson Awards Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m., live on KBTX News Three.
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