A portion of a highway passing through Rockwall County has been officially designated in honor of the life of a local resident.
The Royse City Independent School District hosted a ceremony Oct. 29 to unveil the sign which will be erected for the David Magness Memorial Highway.
The Rockwall County Commissioners Court approved a resolution requesting the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives rename the portion of State Highway 66 extending through the county for Magness. The resolution honored Magness, the late Rockwall County Commissioner, who died on Dec. 3, 2020.
The measure passed both houses during the last session of the Texas Legislature.
Attending the ceremony were County Judge David Sweet, County Commissioner Janet Nichol, State Senator Bob Hall, State Representative Justin Holland, Royse City ISD Superintendent Kevin Worthy, Royse City Mayor Clay Ellis, Rockwall Mayor Kevin Fowler, Fate Mayor David Billings and TxDOT Dallas District Deputy Engineer Ceason Clemens.
Magness was a longtime resident of Royse City and was known for a long and varied career in business and civic leadership.
Magness farmed and ranched in Rockwall, Hunt and Collin counties and owned a fertilizer and chemical distribution business before first being elected to the commissioners' court in 2003. While on the court, he served as chair of both the Rockwall County Road and Open Space Consortiums, as the county’s representative to the Regional Transportation Council, STAR Transit Board of Directors, and the North Texas Council of Governments. Magness was appointed in 2003 to the Board of Directors of Farmers Electric Cooperative, serving as the board president since 2010 and a member of the Farmers Electric Charitable Foundation Board since 2008.
Magness was a realtor with Upchurch Real Estate and United Country Real Estate and was a founding investor and chairman of the Board of Texas Leadership Bank, now Guaranty Bank of Royse City.
Magness served for 12 years as a member of the Royse City ISD Board of Trustees and was a founding member and the first President of the Royse City Rotary Club.
Magness served as a member on the Rockwall County Youth Fair Board, Texas Farm Bureau, the Royse City Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Rockwall County Republican Men's Club.