For The Tribune
Belynda Sims was recently crowned 2015 Ms. Senior Trussville. A resident of Springville, Sims competed against six other women for the title. She is a bus driver for the St. Clair County School System, but fans of the Kool Kats singing group from Argo Christian Fellowship will likely recognize her as “Patsy Cline”.
“Her first official duty as Ms. Senior Trussville was singing the national anthem at the opening ceremonies for Relay For Life of East Jefferson on May 16,” said Sandi Wilson, director of the Trussville Senior Activities Center, where the annual Ms. Senior Trussville Pageant is held.
Over the years, Sims has been involved with several groups and organizations, but her special interest lies in the work that she does with children.
“She has a great love for the children that God has put in her life through church and work, and she considers herself blessed to be able to spend time listening and sharing with them,” Wilson said.
The 2015 pageant marked the 12th crowning of a Ms. Senior Trussville. Each year, the pageant and the competition continue to grow, in large part due to pageant coordinator Pam Isley.
“Pam enjoys getting to know the contestants and honoring them throughout the pageant,” said Wilson. “She goes over and above to make each lady feel special and have what she calls a ‘Pretty Princess Day’.”
The Ms. Senior Trussville Pageant is a preliminary to the Ms. Senior Alabama Pageant, where Sims will represent Trussville on July 17. Ms. Senior Alabama will go on to represent the State of Alabama at the Ms. Senior Nationals in Atlantic City.
“We would like to wish Belynda the best of luck, and we know that she will make Trussville proud, not only at the Ms. Senior Alabama pageant but in all areas of her daily walk,” said Wilson. “She is a special lady who I feel blessed to know. In her words, ‘I believe that God made us all vessels that when filled by Him we have an unlimited amount of love to pour into the lives of others.’”