Ma’Kayla Cannon, daughter of Charletta Cannon and the late Donrick Davis, of Jackson, was crowned Miss Kobie Cotton as the Kobie Cotton Foundation hosted its fourth Miss Kobie Cotton pageant recently at St. Paul No. 2 Baptist Church in Wilson.
Contestants from East Feliciana Parish included Jennifer Carruth, daughter of Yancey Carruth and Kenneth London, of Wilson; Leah Dunn, daughter of Veniayetta Flowers and Lee Dunn, of Clinton; Alaina Ganes, daughter of Melinda Ganes, of Jackson; Natalie Hodges, daughter of LaToya Whiten and Sunday Hodges, of Clinton; Kenzie White, daughter of Ursula and Jaworski White, of Clinton; and Alayiah Sanford, daughter of Alisha Williams, of Clinton.
From outside the parish were Ka’Niya Butler, daughter of Melinda Holmes and Jeremy Allen, of Baker; and Trinity Green, daughter of Shekeria Dunbar, of Baker; and Brianna Cotton, daughter of Mary Sasfras and John Cotton Jr., of McComb, Mississippi.
Broderick Brooks Sr. served as guest speaker at the event.
All proceeds go to the Kobie Cotton Scholarship Fund.
The Kobie Cotton Foundation was founded in 2010 after Kobie “NuNu” Cotton, 30, was murdered in Centreville, Mississippi in May 2009. It was established to provide support and counseling to families who have lost loved ones to violence and to provide training for speakers against violence.
The foundation also hosts an annual Kobie Cotton Day, a fundraiser for area sports teams, and a back-to-school supplies giveaway. Both events are held in Wilson. To donate school supplies, call Lois Cotton-Jones at (225) 921-3280.