Pageant gives town new king and queen

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stefan Rogenmoser/Independent -- Unihealth Admissions Director Jennifer Ward crowns Ms. Unihealth Jessie Murray.


Moncks Corner has a new king and queen.
They were crowned at the inaugural “Solid Gold” Mr. and Ms. Unihealth Pageant Feb. 26 at Unihealth Post-Acute Care off U.S.-17A just outside Moncks Corner.
Residents of the facility donned their finest dresses and suits for the ceremony. A makeup artist dolled up the dames and a hair stylist dressed up their coiffures. They went shopping for clothes leading up to the pageant, according to Unihealth Administrator Nita Davis.
She said each year the UHS Pruett Co. gives each of its 90 businesses a challenge. This year's theme was “gold star service.”
“It was one way of bringing that to them,” Davis said. “The members are a part of Berkeley County.”
There were 11 female contestants and 10 male contestants judged by an all-star panel including Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt, Berkeley County Councilmember Jack Schurlknight, Berkeley Economic Development Director Gene Butler and Moncks Corner Pentecostal Holiness Church's the Rev. David Lawson.
Thomas Hall is the new Mr. Unihealth and Jessie Murray is Ms. Unihealth.
Hall, originally from Brighton, Ala., is married with two children. He enjoys hunting and fishing. He is gathering recipes for a cookbook he's compiling.
Murray was born in 1921 in Cumbee and was raised in Bethera. She is a lifelong Berkeley County resident. Murray was a housewife and has two daughters, two sons, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She has lived at Unihealth close to two years and will be 92 in August. She is one of 10 children.
Lucille Blanding and Howard Steverson were the first runners up.
Blanding was born and raised in Bonneau. She has two sisters and seven children. She enjoys singing at church. She worked at J.K. Gourdine Elementary School in St. Stephen.
Steverson was born and raised in Summerville. He has two brothers and likes drawing and painting. He worked as an auto detailer. He is a happy-go-lucky person who loves people and life.
Trish Hill and Forrest Simpson were the second runners up.
Other contestants were Shelly Webster, Helen Riegel, Kimberly Shaefer, Gertie Simmons, Karen Ramsey, Lillian Myzell, Mary Smith, Ola Mae Ray, Nathan Addison, Richard Driggers, Anthony Brown, James Green and Charles Judy.

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