Sulphur Springs DJ Honored As "Yellow Rose of Texas"

Steven Pickering
June 09, 2020 - 5:27 am
Enola Gay Matthews

A northeast Texas radio personality has been honored by Governor Greg Abbott's office for her long history of volunteer work.

Enola Gay Matthews of Sulphur Springs is one of the recipients of the Commission of the Yellow Rose of Texas. The award recognizes women for exceptional community service.

"Here in Sulphur Springs, everybody knows Enola Gay," said Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom, who honored Matthews during Monday's Hopkins County Commissioners Court meeting. "She's a great personality and just helps everybody."

Matthews is the morning show host on Sulphur Springs radio station KSST 1230 AM, a TSN affiliate. She has held that position since 1989.

"She's one of our most beloved citizens. She's just been an inspiring person," said Judge Newsom. "She's worked in everything I can think of, every activity in the community."

Matthews produces the Reilly Springs Jamboree and has worked to preserve the history of that gospel music show. She also writes a weekly newspaper column and is a member of the Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse.

Matthews was named Hopkins County Woman of the Year in 2014. She has also been recognized by the Academy of Western Artists, the Texas Music Association and the Cowtown Society of Western Swing Music.