Friday, May 23, 2014
“Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.”
Hopefully you have had a wonderful week. The weather has been gorgeous, and the flowers are really showing themselves. School children are becoming more and more excited and even the squirrels are having a great time chasing each other in play.
I grew up in the North Santee area in the late ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. I remember that there were three Glorias in the community. They were Gloria Jean Washington, (Tona’s Glo) Gloria Dupree (Rhoda’s Glo) and yours truly, Gloria Jean Barr (Carrie’s Glo). Everyone mostly knew everyone’s names in those days.
We had wonderful teachers that taught us well. It was a wonderful life! I like to go back to those days and to find others that have grown up in North Santee, and learn of their accomplishments.
One such person was known as Loretta Grayson or (Lizzie’s Babe) I was a few years older than Loretta and remembered that she and her sister, Mary, could sing like songbirds when they joined together as “the Grayson Sisters.” Loretta grew up, graduated, and like most of us, she left North Santee in search of her career.
She attended Atlanta College of Business and received her Associates Degree in Business. She received an Interior Design license/certificate from Montgomery Ward Stores, Inc. and did professional modeling in Atlanta for several years.
She later taught at Millie Lewis Modeling School in Charleston and appeared in television commercials, magazine ads and newspaper articles for various clients such as Charleston Fashion Week, Charleston Place Hotel, Piggly Wiggly, Carolina Company and Charleston Harbor Innisfail Yacht to name a few.
She received a Modeling Instructor Certificate from Barbizon Modeling School in Virginia Beach. She has worked at the largest full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and research firm in the coastal regions of the Carolinas and Georgia for 21 years. In 1999 she was honored with the TWIN Award from the YWCA of Greater Charleston for her managerial skills.
Loretta has several Certificates of Award for volunteering in the Charleston County School District. She is a member of the School Improvement Council of Lincoln Middle/High schools in McCllanville; Director of Public Relations at Greater Joiner Temple in West Ashley and New Life Temple Ministries in Moncks Corner.
She was the president of Calvary Day School and Kindergarten for three years. She is an inspirational speaker, Gullah Storybook/Reader, Kwanzaa Awareness/Definition, caretaker for the elderly, emcee for various programs, and, of course, handmade quilt maker, maker of African outfits and costumes. She is married and lives with her husband and three sons in the McCllenville area.
Loretta Gerald has been moved by the Holy Spirit to make beautiful quilts. She says that these quilts are the First Fruits of her labor. She promised the First Fruits to her church for the renovations of Greater Joiner Temple. They are trying to raise $10,000. The quilts range from $750 to $2,500. There is also an account set up at Wells Fargo Bank for anyone who wants to donate to this cause. You can e-mail Gerald at firstname.lastname@example.org.