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Lavonne Elam named 2016 Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic


Newly crowned and ready for a year representing Hopkins County’s senior-aged woman is Lavonne Elam, a 70-year-old who loves music, hunting, fishing, plants and people. Lavonne performed a singing skit to “She’s Got You” as her talent. In May 2016, Lavonne received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A and M Commerce, completing another of her goals. Her Philosophy of Life is that since life is full of choices, she chooses to be happy, to have fun and love life! Lavonne has 4 children and 9 grandchildren whom she loves to spend time with. She received her crown onstage from outgoing Ms. Hopkins County Senior Wanda Wilson. This summer, Lavonne will be preparing for the Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant to be held in Tyler on October 1, 2016.

First runner-up Pamela Sanders Clayton who is a lifelong teacher, is currently a PJC instructor who “teaches teachers to teach”. Second runner-up Evelyn Horne is an Emergency Room nurse who works at Memorial Hospital.  Each of these ladies display the beauty, community involvement and accomplishments of women over 60 years of age.

Also recognized during the competition were contestants Gayle Massey “Best Interview”, Fay Robinson “Best Philosophy of Life”, Nancy Bolton “Best Personality”, Dorothy Hawkins “Best Evening Gown”, Linda Pickle “Most Talented”, and Joni Hughes “Ms. Congeniality”.

You are invited to watch playbacks of the Pageant by viewing KSST Cable Channel 18 TV.

This years Contestants


Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of

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