The mission of the Lone Star State Ques organization is to educate, train and prepare future leaders for leadership roles within the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at all levels.
The objective of the Lone Star State Ques Organization is to unify the efforts, talents, and resources of the participating chapters in the most effective manner to provide the greatest impact in the State of Texas and the community at large.
The membership of the Lone Star State Ques Organization consists of the following Chapters (Graduate and Undergraduate) of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in the State of Texas.
LSSQ Officers 2022-23
A $30 specialty plate fee is collected in addition to your regular registration fee and any other applicable fees. From the $30 specialty plate fee, $22 is dedicated to funding scholarships and educational programs.
Apply for plates
Submit the completed application; payment in the form of a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check; and any required attachments to your local county tax assessor-collector’s office. Do not mail cash. The specialty plate fee is $30 per year in addition to the annual registration fee. The specialty plate may be personalized for an additional $40 fee. Fees are not refundable.
NOTE: When the specialty plates are issued, additional fees may be collected to establish a single expiration date for both the specialty plate and the vehicle registration. If you order by mail, please contact your county tax assessor-collector’s office in three weeks to verify your plate is ready for issuance.
The vehicle must be for personal use only and have a Texas title and registration in your name. If the vehicle is not titled in your name, attach a statement stating you have legal right of possession and control of the vehicle. If you recently filed an application for title, attach a copy of the title application (VTR-500 RTS) receipt. If the vehicle is leased, attach a copy of the lease agreement.
Wiley College (2010)
Texas College (2012)
Texas Southern University (2013)
Prairie View University (2014)
Jarvis Christian College (2015)
Paul Quinn (2016)
Texas College (2019)
Texas Southern University (2020)
Prairie View University (2021)
Jarvis Christian College (2022)
*** Applications MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 14, 2023 ***
The Lone Star State Ques Hall of Fame Award is intended to honor Omega men in the state of Texas for sustained exceptional service to the fraternity and the community. A maximum of four (4) brothers will be selected each year and announced during the Annual LSSQ Meeting.
The criteria for selection to the LSSQ Hall of Fame are as follows:
Must be a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated
Must be active (or have been) within a chapter in the State of Texas
Must have at least 25 years of service
Must have made “significant” contributions towards the furtherance of the purposes and ideals of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and LSSQ
All active Texas Chapters are eligible to submit candidate(s) but only four (4) inductees will be selected each year.
Candidates must have the approval of their local chapter.
*** Applications MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 14, 2023 ***
All inducted Hall of Fame Members will be on the LSSQ Hall of Fame Committee.
The LSSQ HoF Committee will be granted time and a room to meet before or after the LSSQ meeting.
The LSSQ HoF Committee will set and enforce deadlines for annual submissions.
Anthony Ford, Chairman
Bro. Warren G Lee, Jr
This Lone Star State Que Hall of Fame Inductee has 46 years of sustained membership and leadership to Omega Phi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Initiated into Eta Theta Chapter in Fall of 1971, this brother has served as International Undergraduate Representative, 23rd Second Grand Basileus, Grand Keeper of Finance, First Grand Basileus, and 38th Grand Basileus from 2006-2010. Currently a member of Theta Alpha Chapter in Dallas, TX, Bro. Lee provides dedicated service to his chapter, community, church and family.
Bro. Albert Benifield
This Inductee was initiated into Nu Epsilon Chapter in 1976 and is currently a member of Rho Beta Beta Chapter. Through his efforts with the American Diabetes Walk the fraternity has awarded significant financial and volunteer contributions. He is the immediate past president of the Space City Ques Non-Profit Organization, Immediate Past President of the Ronald E. McNair Omega Scholarship Fund (which has awarded over $50,000.00 during the last 4 years), and the immediate past president of the Houston Alumni Chapter of Alabama A&M University. Bro Benifield was instrumental in establishing the Texas Omega License Plate; this effort has donated over $48,000.00 to Texas Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Brother Willie F. Hinchen
This inductee entered into the annals of Omega by way of Phi Beta Chapter at Jarvis Christian College in Spring of 1972. He served as the Lone Star State Ques President for 4 terms and is still a loyal and dedicated supporter. Brother Hinchen assisted with establishing partnerships with the Hawkins ISD to provide school supplies, holiday baskets and Christmas toys for families; and with the senior home to assist the resident’s day to day living activities and providing toiletries to the residents. He has chaired the mandated High School Essay Contest to provide scholarship opportunities to Hawkins High School students. He was the 21st 9th District Representative and served on numerous International Committees.
Brother Steven Braimer
This Hall of Fame Inductee was the 1st President of the Lone Star State Ques and served in that capacity for 3 terms. He was initiated into Psi Alpha Chapter (“Alamo City Ques”) in 1977 and has served as KRS, Vice-Basileus, and Basileus. He was twice honored as the chapter’s Omega Man of The Year and is a recipient of the 9th District’s Superior Service Award. Bro Braimer served 5 years as the 9th district Keeper of Finance and two years as 1st Vice DR. As Chairman of the International History and Archives Committee, he initiated the process of identifying which records and artifacts were housed at IHQ and established effective means of their retrieval and preservation. He is the treasurer and a trustee for the Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in San Antonio.
Bro. James E. Doss ( Posthumous)
This Hall of Fame Inductee was truly a trailblazing Omega Man. He was a charter member of Rho Gamma Chapter at Stillman College in Fall of 1962; a charter member of Rho Nu Chapter in 1971; a charter member of Rho Xi Chapter in 1977; and was instrumental in chartering Nu Delta Delta at Texas A&M in 1991. He was a pillar in Southern Brazoria County Community, organizing Juneteenth Celebrations, Blood Drives, School Supply Drives, Thanksgiving baskets, and so much more. But his passion was for the local, district, and national Omega Talent Hunts, pushing talented students to strive to achieve their dreams.
Brother Wendle Van Smith
This Lone Star State Ques Hall of Fame inductee has served as the 9th District Counselor, 1st Vice DR, and 17th Mighty Ninth District Representative. He served as International Chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and was International Chairman of the Grand Tribunal. He has served as Basileus and Parliamentarian in Rho Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi. This Brother has received the Rho Xi Chapter Omega Man of the Year Award, and the Houston Area Coalition’s Prestigious Shelly Steward Award. He is and Elder at the Westbury Church of Christ in Houston, TX.
Brother John Douglas Cooper
This Hall of Fame Inductee served as President of the LSSQ from 2006-2007 where he focused on graduate and undergraduate training to prepare brothers for future leadership in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He has served as 9th district Marshal, TX Southwest Region MSP Chairman, and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the International Youth Leadership Conference. This Brother has served as Basileus of Psi Alpha Chapter – during his tenure the chapter received 9th District Graduate Chapter of the Year and Social Action Awards in 2004 and in 2005. In 2005 they received the International Social Action Graduate Chapter of the Year. In September 2005, he led in sponsoring and supporting approximately 60 Hurricane Katrina Evacuees; the chapter’s fraternity house was converted into a living quarters for 15 individuals. He is currently serving as secretary of the LSSQ.
Brother Kenneth Terrell
This Hall of Fame Inductee was elected for two terms as the LSSQ President, Ninth District First Vice DR and Ninth District Keeper of Finance. He currently serves as the 24th Ninth District Representative. This brother is Vice President for Omega Psi Phi Federal Credit Union and serves on the International Big Brothers Big Sisters Committee.
He is a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship where he serves as a leader of the Kingdom Men’s Group. He is actively involved with the Cedar Hill chapter of the Boys Scout. He also assisted with establishing a partnership within the community Fire Department. Voted Ninth District Omega Man of the Year.
Bro. Donald "Teflon" Davis was initiated into Pi Kappa Chapter in 1976 on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and is currently a member of Omicron Gamma Gamma Chapter in Grand Prairie, Texas. Brother "Teflon" Don Davis was the 19th Ninth District Representative from 2002-2004, and the Ninth District Keeper of Records & Seal from 1999- 2002. Brother "Teflon" has found a great sense of joy by giving back as a Mentor at an After School Program at the Mesquite, Texas Boys and Girls Club, and also mentoring at his Chapter's After School Program in Grand Prairie, Texas. As Life Member #4587, Brother "Teflon" has received his Chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award and several Unsung Hero Awards during his fraternity tenure. Faith is paramount and impacts every area in Brother Teflon's life, and he is a committed member of Concord Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
Bro. Anthony Whitaker was initiated into the Theta Theta Chapter in 1989 on the campus of East Texas State University and is International Life Member #4749. Brother Whitaker is a dual member in the Delta Xi Chapter of Greenville, Texas and the Eta Lambda Lambda Chapter of Red Oak, Texas. Brother Whitaker serves as the Ninth District Membership Selection Process Chairman. He has also previously served as the North Texas MSP Chairman and the North Texas Area State Representative. In 2016 and 2018 Brother Whitaker won the Brother James L. Wise State Representative of the Year for his outstanding leadership and service to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as a State Representative. As an Undergraduate, Brother Whitaker was a registered attendee at the 1st Lone Star State Ques meeting.
Bro. Raymond "Raybo" Bourgeois (LM #1591), a native Houstonian, was elected the youngest Basileus of Nu Phi Chapter (Founded 1926), proudly serving 7 consecutive terms. For over 39 years, Raymond has served as advisor and trainer to 9th District State Representatives and Brothers to recruit members into the Fraternity. As the Ninth District's MSP trainer, his vital input was utilized on the National level to initiate progressive changes to the Selection and Education, Intake, and M.S.P. Programs. He has been a recipient of numerous Chapter, District, and National awards: The Founders Award, Most Spirited Award, Citizen of the Year, the prestigious Houston Area Coalition Shelly Stewart Award, along with the Ninth District's Omega Man of the Year Award, and Grand Basileus Award. Founder of Eta Mu Chapter, Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, Mu Delta Delta Chapter, Texas A&M Austin, Texas and Co-Founder of the Houston Coalition of Chapters, Raymond has served as advisor to numerous undergraduate Chapters in the Houston area.
Bro. Hendricks Cunningham (Posthumous) was initiated into Epsilon Alpha Chapter in September of 1975 and was active until he entered into Omega Chapter in 2015. He served as the North Texas State Representative and Intake Chair for over 25 years. Bro. Cunningham was active in Lone Star State Ques from its inception, attending most meetings until his health diminished. He was active in Fort Worth ISD and enjoyed mentoring young men at the local elementary school. He registered and attended every Leadership Conference and Grand Conclave since 1975.
Bro. Anthony Ford was initiated into Gamma Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. on July 25, 1980, and has been an active and financial member since his initiation. Bro. Ford has served as Chapter KRS, Vice Basileus, and Basileus. He has chaired and served on several chapter committees. He was voted Chapter Omega Man of the Year on 6 different occasions. Bro. Ford served as the District Marshall and as a member the District Election Committee. He is a Deacon at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, where he also serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. Bro. Ford served on the American Little League Board of Directors and is President of South Texas Football Officials Association. Bro. Ford was twice selected as Citgo Refinery Community Volunteer of the Year and was recognized by NAACP for his work in the community. He served two (2) terms as Vice President and two (2) terms as President of LSSQ.
Bro. Rodney Johnson was initiated into Beta Sigma Chapter (Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA) in 1976. As a member of Omicron Gamma Gamma he helped to create the Bridge Builders Program which empowered young African American males to achieve their goals through mentorship. The program's aim is to improve self-esteem, social competence and avoid high-risk behaviors by providing relationships with caring, professional adults who work to help them reach their full potential. Bro. Johnson has been selected as Omega Man of the Year, and received the Founder's Award and Basileus Awards. Bro. Johnson served on the Board of the YMCA in Arlington for several years where he mentored young students. He was key in the development of the Omicron Gamma Gamma Omega Gents and S.T.E.M. Programs. He served as the 2015 District Marshal for the Mighty 9th District meeting and one of the Deputy Grand Marshals at the 81st Grand Conclave in New Orleans.
Bro. Herbert Charles Nance, Sr. was initiated into Alpha Psi Chapter (Huston-Tillotson, Austin, TX) in 1968. He joined Psi Alpha in 1976 and has served on multiple committees including Constitution and By-Laws, Nominations and Elections, Christmas Ball, Hospitality, Social Action, Scholarship, and Achievement Week. Bro. Nance has served as Basileus, Vice Basileus, Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain. Bro Nance is founding member of the Lone Star State Ques and served multiple times as chaplain. He served as Assistant 9th District Chaplain from 1992 -94 and District Chaplain from 1994-2004. Bro. Nance was instrumental in initiating the 9th District Prayer Breakfast. His Awards include Chapter Superior Service Award, Life-time Achievement Award, Basileus Award, 9th District Superior Service Award, 9th District Dedication and Outstanding Service Award, 9th District Appreciation Service Award and 9th District Superior Service Award.
Bro. Dr. Charles A. Christopher, Sr., MD was initiated into Alpha Psi Chapter (Huston-Tillotson, Austin, TX) in 1962. Brother Christopher has been a financial member of Epsilon Iota since 1984 and has served as Vice Basileus and Basileus of the chapter. Bro. Christopher founded and organized the Ronald E. McNair Golf Tournament, an entity used to provide assistance to students at local HBCU, Huston-Tillotson University. He has served as Secretary for the Epsilon Iota Foundation since its inception. He served as 9th District Marshal for the 1990 meeting in Austin, Texas where he was elected as the 14th 9th District Representative and served 3 consecutive terms. Bro. Christopher was sitting District Representative when the concept of LSSQ's was presented to Executive Committee for approval and currently serves as Parliamentarian for the group. He was appointed Omega Surgeon General under administrations of 37th and 38th Grand Basilei and served as Special Assistant for Executive Director, Brother Kenneth Barnes. He is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and serves as Co-chair of the church's Board of Trustees. He is a long time member of the choir at his church and serves the congregation as a lay minister.
Bro. Carl “JJ” Johnson (Posthumous) was initiated into Psi Alpha Chapter in April 1996. Bro. Johnson was an International Life Member and was appointed the International Headquarters (IHQ) Chief of Protocol by the 37th Grand Basileus for his outstanding leadership qualities, demonstrated expertise and passion for good order and discipline. He served as the District Protocol Officer and attended all LSSQ state meetings. He provided sustained Texas protocol initiatives by volunteering to train and mentor all LSSQ Executive Teams during his tenure as Chief Protocol. He served as a key member of Psi Alpha Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors in developing scholarship fundraising incentives exceeding $25K in donations to help aspiring college bound students. He was an active member of Second Baptist Church and the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers (BCBS) for over 26 years maintaining engagement in church and BCBS community service projects and programs.
Bro. Dr. Dyrren D. Davis was initiated into Theta Sigma Chapter (Dillard University) in 1978. Through his advisement and mentorship, Mu Mu Nu Chapter was chartered in 2016 where he became a charter member. He also developed and implemented the Rho Beta Beta Chapter’s Life
Membership Program, and became Life Member #1 at the Rho Beta Beta Chapter. Bro. Davis is a dual financial member Mu Mu Nu Chapter, and the Rho Beta Beta Chapter where he has led numerous committees and served as KRS and Basileus. Because of his strong leadership
abilities, Bro. Davis been awarded several Omega Man of the Year, Founders and Superior Service Awards. Through his community outreach efforts and entrepreneurship in the Healthcare Management Service industry, he was recognized by the Texas Department of Health & Human Services for his outstanding service. As the LSSQ President from 1999-2000, the organization successfully endorsed and supported candidates for International office from Texas. He also helped propelled the LSSQ support behind the 9th District Life Membership Program. After serving several years in committee roles on the International and 9th District levels as the International Reclamation Committee Chairman and the 9th District Reclamation Chairman, Bro. Davis was appointed to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Federal Credit Union (OPPFFCU) Board of Directors. Serving as the Marketing Committee Chairman, his efforts have led to a 40% increase in OPPFFCU Membership.
Bro. Glen “Rock” Gowans was initiated into Phi Gamma Chapter (University of North Texas) in 1978. In 2008, he became a charter member and the first Basileus of the Eta Mu Mu Chapter in Denton, TX. Bro. Gowans has earned multiple chapter awards; Omega Man of the Year, Founders Lifetime Achievement Award, and Superior Service Award. Bro. Gowans continues to work hard for Omega on all levels as he serves as the North Texas Region Membership Selection Process Chairman, and was responsible for reclaiming (24) brothers in 2021 to help support the overall growth of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Bro. Gowans has served the local community by not only doing community service events with his local chapter, but also by serving the community as a Lake Dallas School Board member. He served on the school board for 15 years. He actively participates in the chapter’s mentoring program, Omega Seeds. Bro. Gowans is very active within his church, the Historic Saint Emmanuel Baptist Church in Denton, TX where he serves as Treasurer on the Usher Board, Chairman of the Deacon Board, Sunday School Superintendent, and active within the Men's ministry (Men That Matters). Bro. Gowans also serves as the Chair for the Southeast Denton Usher Scholarship committee where they have provided over $75,000 in scholarships to the Denton community.
Bro. John Captain (Posthumous) was initiated into the Phi Gamma Chapter (University of North Texas) in 1970. He returned to the Houston area and served as KRS of Nu Phi for three terms, Basileus, Housing Committee member and the South Texas Membership Chairman. As Chairman, Bro. Captain was instrumental for the establishment of the following chapters: Rho Xi - Freeport, TX; Rho Beta Beta - Houston, TX; Nu Delta Delta - College Station, TX - Texas A&M University; Eta Mu - Huntsville, TX - Sam Houston State University. Bro. Captain was the recipient of Nu Phi’s Omega Man of the Year (2x), Superior Service Award, Houston Coalition Award, and the Chapter Bridge Builder Award. Bro. Captain was a part of the LSSQ organization since the inception. He served on the 9th District and International Credentialing Committee for over 20 years. Bro. Captain served as Omega’s representative to the UNCF Annual telethon, and as the First Chairman for the UNCF Walk for Greater Houston. Through his work on the fraternity’s international level, Bro. Captain provided training to brothers across the country in the numerous Membership programs of Omega: Lampados, Selection and Education, Intake and the Membership Selection Process. Bro. Captain was highly respected among District Representatives and past Grand Basilei, as he was appointed to Special Projects by the 38th Grand Basileus; Bro. Warren G. Lee, Jr.
LOVE * FRIENDSHIP * MORAL CHARACTER * UNITY * LOVE
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. …….. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God. And God in him.” John 4: 8-16 (KJV)
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not charity, I have become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains and behave not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind, charity envieth not; charity vaunteth, not itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil. Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, and endure all things. ……… And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1Corinthians 13: 1-13 (KJV)
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. believes in God’s creation of man, and we believe that we are made in His image; Genesis 1:26. We are imageries of God made in His likeness. Therefore, God being love, so are we the reflection of the image of God’s love. (We) in concert with John’s writings, we display love through our actions and behavior. One of the greatest commandments of all the commandments is to love our God and the second is like unto it, to love our neighbor as ourselves; Matthew 22: 35-40. Man being given the gifts of God to rule and command, we are designed to perform them in the parameters of God’s love. Although some assignments, coordinating with many can be difficult, with differences in creating resolves can become very frustrating. But as it is commanded to love, we believe abiding in love in all our challenges; love will conquer all; 1Peter 4:8. Our founders based this very concept as the cornerstone of this great organization of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. With this concept, it drew them together; men with like attainment. A love that was sealed in friendship and fellowship formed a strong-relational bond of brotherhood; based on love:
“Friendship Is Essential to The Soul.”
Bro. Rev. Ernest E. Brown II