Ms. S.C. Senior America to be crowned in NMB Saturday, former to be honored

Rebecca Rose-Holley
Rebecca Rose-Holley Ms. Senior America

A night of glamor, glitz, and entertainment is planned in North Myrtle Beach as the reigning Ms. South Carolina Senior America is honored and a new state queen will be crowned in a ceremony.

Dianne Gibb, 69, of Bluffton holds the current title for 2014, and Rebecca “Becky” Rose-Holley, 66, of Edisto Beach is set to be crowned for 2015 in a special dinner show, Saturday at the Tidewater Plantation Restaurant in North Myrtle Beach, according to a press release about the event.

The Rock’N’Ettes, from the stages of the Grand Strand Senior Center on 21st Avenue North and Radio City Music Hall, will be opening the show for the second time.

Other entertainers set to perform are 2014 state winners including: Ms. Delaware Senior America, Debbie Lewis, Ms. Kansas, Ms. Washington Elizabeth Purtee, and Ms. West Virginia Rhonda Amato. Also featured from North Carolina are: Shirley Byrd, Elizabeth Garrison, Judy Kelley, Marie Kirkman and Sherry Pinedo and from South Carolina Ross-Karl, Ida Brinkley and Dr. Betty Garren.

Local celebrity and crowning-producer, Laura McFayden, will be emceeing the event. McFayden was a S.C. Senior America first runner-up in 2012, and she is a lead singer in Dixie Stampede, Dino's TV Variety Show, Wilmington Big Band and Stardust.

McFayden will be joined in hosting by Ronnie Nichols, Tidewater Plantation Homeowners’ Association president, owner of A. Nichols Worth Real Estate and Retirement Planning, broker-in-charge of New Way Properties Myrtle Beach, minister and “campy” impersonator of Elvis Presley, according to the release.

Nichols has performed on the “Legends in Concert” stage in Tupelo, MS and at senior homes along the East coast.

Nichols is set to perform and assist Gibb in crowning Rose-Holley as Ms. South Carolina Senior America 2015.

Gibb is originally from Topeka, KS and retired in South Carolina eight years ago, and has since revived her acting and signing career. She has received awards for lead-role performances as a community theatre actress, singer, and dancer.

Gibb also serves on the Sun City Community Theatre Board and sings in the Sun City Chorus. She is a docent at a historic home and welcome center where she presents tours in full antebellum attire, and is a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution.

Gibb will pass the Ms. South Carolina Senior America title on to Rose-Holley, who will compete for the Ms. Senior America 2015 title at a national pageant at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., which will be held from Oct. 20 to 22. She will contend with other queens from all 50 states, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, all of whom will be judged on evening gown, philosophy of life, judge's interview and talent. The current title is held by Virginia Patsy.

Rose-Holley stays busy by being a wife, sister, mother, grandmother, horse trainer, ICU nurse, birth-defect survivor, model, and church and community volunteer, according to the release.

She was born with a severe cleft palate, and underwent years of therapy and surgeries.

“Because Becky had such difficulties with her speech as a child, she talked little and read obsessively, mostly about horses. Her speaking voice sounded different from those of other children and ridicule came easily to the little ones. Miraculously, she found her singing voice and, boy, did she sing! The therapists gave her speaking exercises and she completed every one; except, she sang them!” Connie Ross-Karl, S.C. state administrator of Ms. Senior America, said in a press release.

Rose-Holley has continued her singing career throughout her life and is frequently featured by her church choir in local productions. She represents Shriner’s Hospital, Greenville, as a spokesperson for a continuum of care as a “Shriner’s kid,” and has adopted the organization’s bullying program “Cut the Bull” as her designed Ms. Senior America platform.

Senior America Inc. is a nonprofit corporation designed to enrich the lives of seniors and has been operating for more than 40 years.

Limited seating may still be available for the crowning event. For more information, call Connie Ross-Karl at 702-306-2643 or by email at conniesross@aol.com. The price of the pasta medley, full-course dinner buffet, and show inclusive is $16.95. The dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.