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April 16, 2013

Passing the baton

Billie Cox twirls her way to Ms. Senior Parker County title

By DAVID MAY

Billie June Cox showed Saturday night she’s still got it.

Dressed as a Weatherford High School Blue Belle for the pageant’s talent competition, Ms. Day Wealth Management twirled and stepped her way to the title of 2013 Ms. Senior Parker County queen at the 12th annual pageant before a large crowd Saturday evening at the Alkek Fine Arts Center on the Weatherford College campus.

“I am very surprised and very honored,” Cox said shortly after donning her crown and sash, setting her off on what will be a busy one year’s journey as an ambassador for Parker County. 

Her talent routine and her volunteer work with school children and Weatherford Regional Medical Center shows she has the will and ability to perform the duties asked of the county’s senior queen.

Cox, a 1954 WHS graduate who went on to work for the FBI, began her talent with a short song she wrote her “senior beau” before the music kicked in and she began dancing and twirling, passing the baton between her hands, through her legs and around her back.

Looking as if she never set the baton down since her high school twirling days, the 76-year-old queen said she had practiced just two weeks, and even then she didn’t work on steps or movements with her twirls. She said she had not heard the music she would perform to until Saturday.

Cox said she was coaxed into the pageant by friend Nadeen Murphree, who asked Cox she still had her baton to “provide something really different” for the pageant.

“I never in my wildest imagination thought I would win,” she said.

Though she never showed or mentioned it Saturday, Cox throughout the evening had thoughts of her oldest son, Greg, who at the age of 55 died suddenly and unexpectedly one year ago to the day she won.

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