Cullman Senior Magazine Summer 2019 - Page 54

Stroll back in time with a Strawberry Princess By Kelly Wheeler 1947 54 | SUMMER 2019 When Cleo Lott McLeroy gently fl pped through the 1947 Cullman Strawberry Festival program, memories of her time as ‘Strawberry Princess’ were rekindled.
 “Honestly, I had not thought about that time in years,” she said. “I can remember winning, and thinking I really didn’t want to win, and also remembering how I was able meet ‘Big (Gov). Jim Folsom,’ who they all called Kissing Jim.”
 She was selected as ‘Straw- berry’ Princess in the 7th Annu- al Cullman Strawberry Festival in 1947 for Cold Springs School.
 The soon-to-be 90-year-old great-grandmother and resident at Woodland Village Rehab and Healthcare center, recently enjoyed sharing the memories with her grandson Todd McLe- roy and his wife, Kathryn.
 “You might not believe this, but I really didn’t want to be se- lected, but pageants weren’t and still aren’t my thing,” she said.
 Probably why it took her almost 70 years to enter another pageant, the Mrs. Woodland Village Nursing Home pageant, and once again she was selected – much to her dismay.
 McLeroy said she did enjoy having the opportunity to go to the Alabama State Nursing Home Pageant, where she was also chosen as one of the top 10 fi alists in 2017. 
 Grinning, her grandson, Todd, a Cullman attorney, CULLMAN COUNTY SENIOR MAGAZINE