There she is ...
A photo of a lovely young lady stands on a windowsill of my office at the Thomasville Times. The image reminds me of my Thomasville High School days when girls wore A-line skirts, Peter Pan collars with circular pins and hair was teased to new heights. The pictured was signed by Sharon, Miss North Carolina 1965.
While at Trees of Davidson County at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, I mentioned the photo to Travis Green, who coordinates the Miss Thomasville pageant. He told me it was Sharon Finch, a Miss Thomasville who claimed the state crown.
With his help, I began email communication with Sharon and just by her words, I knew she was still the girl I see in my office.
The picture bears this inscription:
To all the wonderful folks of the Thomasville Times staff —
Thank you for your generous gifts of time and talent in my behalf and Miss North Carolina. Whenever I think of any year, I shall think of all of you who have contributed to the most complete and most permanent record I have of it — your pictures and stories.
You will ever be dear in my heart and memories.
Miss North Carolina
In our correspondence, she asked me to offer this message:
“A toast to Thomasville Times editor emeritus Wint Capel, brilliant photographer Lester Henley and amazing reporter Patti Huggins.”
While Sharon could not be at the pageant tonight because of a set back in cancer recovery, she continues to delight in her Thomasville memories.
The Miss Thomasville and Miss Central Carolina Scholarship Pageants are an official preliminary pageant in the Miss America organization. The winners will compete for the title of Miss North Carolina to be held in Raleigh this June.
“This is going to be a very exciting night and any of these young women have the potential to walk away with the crown,” said Green.
Perhaps the next Miss North Carolina will be crowned Saturay night.