Stockbridge honors visionary women

Elton Alexander

STOCKBRIDGE — The city of Stockbridge and Councilman Elton Alexander honored some of the area’s visionary women on March 3.

The event featured honorees including judges, teachers, business owners, philanthropists and more who brought historic accomplishments to the community.

Alexander spearheaded the event in honor of his late wife, Alicia, who, according to a release, introduced Elton to nonprofit community service, establishing the Community Development for Real People before her passing in 2003.

“The crowd size was a testimony of our commitment to women in Stockbridge, considering a pouring rain started an hour before the event began,” Alexander said in a press release.

Some of these honorees included 1st Lt. Andrea Lewis, the first African-American female pilot in the Georgia Air National Guard, Holly Veal, the first African-American Superior Court judge in Henry County, Pandora Palmer, the first female State Court judge in Henry and Pam Bettis, the first female solicitor general in the county.

Renowned poet Hank Stewart and singer Abigail Ortega performed at the event, as well as Kendall Brown, a student at the Eagles Landing Dance Center. Brown provided a creative dance performance at the event.

According to a release from Alexander, attendees were able to take in historic accomplishments from women in multiple fields enabling young women to picture themselves in the roles of their dreams.

Honorees included:

• Andrea Lewis, first African-American female pilot in the Georgia Air National Guard

• Dr. Mary Elizabeth Davis, accepting on behalf of Helen Holt, Henrietta Turner and herself as women who have served as Henry County Superintendent of Schools

• Monica Pearson, longtime WSB-TV anchorwoman and DJ on Kiss 104.1 FM

• Judge Holly Veal, first African-American Superior Court judge in Henry County

• Carolyn Fuller, Former director, Henry County Library; former president, Georgia Library Association

• Coylitia O’Neal, Global Impact Christian Ministries, Clayton County Women in Business

• Maria Boyton, V-103 Radio, veteran news personality

• Judge Pandora Palmer, first female State Court judge in Henry County history

• Sharon Ponder, chairwoman of Henry County Chamber of Commerce, VP of Bennett International

• Mariam Ramos, MJ Group

• Chaundra Lewis, Henry County assistant district attorney

• Patti Brown, owner, ServePro, Henry County Chamber of Commerce board member

• Carlotta Harrell, Henry County Water Authority board member, Henry County Youth Foundation board member

• Ariel Shaw, founder, Real Leaders Read and Henry County Women in Business

• Pam Bettis, first female Henry County solicitor general

• Linda Jones, owner, C&L Beauty Salon, founder, Community Pantry

• Stephanie Roberts, multi-unit child care provider

• Patsy Anderson, Smoothie King multi-unit owner-operator

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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