Texarkana F.Y.I. Hometown Heroes: Bess Gamble-Williams


Texarkana FYI and Wadley Regional Medical Center are excited to name Bess Gamble-Williams as our February 2017 Hometown Hero. Williams is the founder of the local non-profit group T.A.B. (Taking Action Against Bullies).

She is a real dynamo in our community and has made a huge difference in the lives of area youth with her efforts to combat bullying in area schools. A professional model, retired marine, and a huge advocate for our U.S. Veterans Bess Gamble-Williams deserves the title of Hometown Hero!

Bess Gamble-Williams, a highly respected businesswoman and community leader in the Ark-La-Tex area, is very proud of her Choctaw Native American lineage heralds from Pachuta, Mississippi.
To her many accomplishments, she is distinguished as a ‘Who’s Who Among American Students’, Honor graduate from Liberty-Eylau, a Professional Model/Modeling Instructor, Retired Marine Corps Veteran (Fiscal Chief), Certified Master Tutor,  Substitute Teacher, Civil Rights Activist, Private Investigator, EEO Chair and has received many community awards, including the annual MLK, Jr. Freedom Fund ‘Dr. Calvin Rolark Business and Economic Award’ and the Dr. MLK, Jr. ‘Acts of Kindness Individual Award’.
As the Founding Director of the non-profit anti-bully prevention group T.A.B. (Taking Action against Bullies), Mrs. Gamble-Williams works in our community as an advocate against bullying and has also worked as an advocate for children with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), She regularly speaks with other military veterans in schools, college campuses, job sites, prisons, and churches within our 4-state area which includes Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and in the Dallas, Texas region.  
Mrs. Gamble-Williams believes that laws should be passed to hold ‘parents’ responsible for the actions of their children and that workplace bullies should be severely reprimanded.  She is also a staunch advocate for veterans and is actively lobbying for them in our state capitol. 
Bess serves on various boards locally and nationally and holds a BA in Business.  She is the proud mother of two children who enjoys her role as a mentor and advocate not only for them, but as a voice for all who suffer at the hands of bullies in our community and abroad.
“Moral courage is needed to stop the bullying. When you see bullying, speak up!  Spot it and Stop it!”  ~ Bess Gamble-Williams
To nominate your choice for a “Hometown Hero” please submit the name, some information as to why your nominee should be named a Hometown Hero and a photo to texarkanafyi@gmail.com.
As the oldest hospital in Texarkana, Wadley Regional Medical Center has a century-long tradition of providing compassionate, high-quality healthcare. As part of its commitment to provide innovative, quality care, Wadley has pioneered many medical firsts for Texarkana. As the area’s first Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center and the first state-designated Level II Primary Stroke Center, Wadley is the area’s leader in stroke care.  Wadley was also the region’s first dual designated Level III Advanced Trauma Center by both the State of Texas and Arkansas.  Wadley proudly brought robotic surgery to the area with the first da Vinci Si Surgical System as well as many firsts in equipment and services in the Wadley Breast Health Center for diagnosing breast cancer.  As a leader in providing progressive healthcare services to our community, it is with great pride that Wadley recognizes all of the local heroes in our community and let them know they are appreciated and respected as our Texarkana Hometown Heroes.

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