Rose Cousar spent 38 years teaching, 22 of them tuned to music at Screven County High School. There she conducted young people through chorus, music appreciation and performance. At a difficult moment in the county’s past, she helped use music to smooth the way for school desegregation, having been one of the first white teachers to transfer to an all black school. She was a 1976 winner of the Screven County Optimist Club’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year award, and was the subject of a 1978 feature story in the Christian Science Monitor. Ms. Cousar served on the school steering committee, and supported the local Bloodmobile as advisor to the Life Blood Club.