Sandra Eakes/McCain: Miss Georgia 1979
Sang Judy Garland Medley
Non-finalist Talent Winner
My reign as Miss GA seems like a lifetime ago, and well it has been! I have great memories of that year. I gained a whole new family who buoyed me and spoiled me. Because of the generosity of certain pageant volunteers, I was the first Miss GA to own a Stephen Yearick designer gown! My closest pageant family members were Pat & Joe Johnson, Marilyn Olley Ashmore, Terry Chandler, Julian Green, Parks Rice, Gene Phillips, Charles Chinnis, Steve Kennedy, George Cullen, George Cordino and Louise & Judson Patton.
One stand out appearance was at Road Atlanta as the Winner’s Medal Presenter. Unbeknownst to me…a famous actor was new on the race car scene. PL Newman! Yes, Paul Newman!! He won three races but I got the real award… A kiss from him each time and an AP photo to prove it!
My one regret that year was not accepting the invitation to perform with the Miss America USO troupe. Later, when meeting Miss America, Susan Powell, she said that her USO tour had been the highlight of her reign! ugh!
After my Miss GA reign, I obtained a BA from the State University of New York with a major in Communications. I worked in television as a news reporter, weather girl and anchor woman. I modeled in NYC and did a little acting. I formed a professional 60’s style girls singing group, “The San Rah Lees”. I performed in Theater productions in Georgia and on the “fringe” in London and was the lead in the Pajama Game at the oldest theatre in England in Bury Saint Edmunds. My most important role however was being a stay at home mom, and community volunteer.
After my husband retired, we moved to Lake Ridge, Virginia to begin another chapter in our lives. Steve is now a Government Relations and Policy Professional at K&L Gates LLC, one of the world’s largest law firms. He works on Capitol Hill with the House and Senate, and with the Pentagon.
To distract myself from our empty nest, I became a certified/licensed esthetician. Later I realized it was the perfect move for an aging beauty queen. I work for a Doctor as an Esthetician. The practice is devoted to noninvasive anti-aging procedures. Come see us in Manassas, Mclean or Alexandria, Virginia whenever you are in the neighborhood. 😉
Our daughter, Carson, graduated Cum Laude from Valdosta State Univ. She works for the Air Force Civil Engineer at the Pentagon. She is also a singer, drummer, keyboard player and song writer in the band “Motion Lines”. They perform in Washington DC night clubs and recently produced their first CD.
Our son Dylan, attended the University of Hawaii and works for a non-profit organization “Friends of the Library – Hawaii” in Honolulu. Dylan is a professional artist. He sells his paintings and sculptures in a boutique gift shop on the island of Oahu. He is also a very talented guitarist, drummer and skateboarder.
Even though my parents and dear sisters are far apart geographically, we remain a very close knit family. I have six handsome nephews and one beautiful niece. We take every opportunity to visit each other…story telling and singing are always the highlight!
When Steve “retires, retires” we plan to move south…..either to north Georgia or to the Florida panhandle. Any recommendations?