Pearl Arant, 108, lifelong resident of Pageland, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022 while surrounded by her loved ones.

She was the seventh of twelve children born to H.B. Sowell and Jessie Blakeney Sowell of Pageland. She carried the mantle of Miss Pageland from 1931-2022 with dignity and grace; appearing at functions with the younger beauty queens and in serving as the Grand Marshal twice in the Watermelon Festival. She wore her tiaras with pride for the town she loved.

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