Miss USA Chesley Christ was remembered at the memorial service

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April Simkins makes remarks about her daughter, former Miss USA winner Chasley Christ, during a memorial service in honor of her life at the Blackney Elevation on Friday, February 18, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Christ, who was loved in the Charlotte area and worked closely with local charities such as Dress for Success, secretly suffered from depression and died by suicide on January 30, 2021 in New York City.

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Former Miss USA Chasley Christ: 1991-2022

Chesley Christ, Charlotte’s lawyer with deep ties to the Carolinas and later became Miss USA 2019, died by suicide in January 2022.

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About 300 people gathered at the church that Chesley Christ attended in college and became an adult to honor the legacy and life of former Miss USA and Charlotte’s lawyer.

30-year-old Christ died in a suicide at her apartment building in New York in late January.

Family and friends said kind words about Christ in front of hundreds of crowds Blackney’s Riseand thousands watch online on Friday night.

“Chesley has sown many seeds throughout her life through her work, her charity, her advocacy and, most importantly, her genuine concern for others,” said Christ’s mother, Apple Simpkins, at a public celebration of her life. “I know these seeds will bear fruit for many years to come.”

Simpkins said Christ was “uncompromising” and doubled his beliefs, whether or not other people liked it.

According to Simpkins, Christ believed in empowering women through clothing, helping the wrong prisoners and being a lawyer.

“In life, we encounter ordinary people, but there are rare times when we meet extraordinary people,” said Edward Watson, a former prisoner whom Christ helped release in 2020. “I needed help, the Lord sent me the help I needed.”

Christ, her stepfather David Simpkins and attorney Mingel Cody helped reduce Watson’s sentence, allowing him to become a free man after he spent 25 years in prison on charges of crack and arms trafficking.

“Chesley delivered the sermon only in the way she appeared in the world, for whom she was there and what she called us to.” Said Cody. “I’ve always considered it a curriculum for how to be a lawyer, how to be a lawyer and how to be a human being.”

During the slideshows and videos that ran throughout the memorial, Christ was always well dressed, which she was proud of as an ambassador for a global nonprofit organization. Dress for success.

“Be like Chesley, respect Chesley and share your gifts,” said Kelly Barr O’Connor, CEO. Dress for Charlotte’s successsaid. “Sweet Chesley, rest in peace and may eternal light shine on you. You have shared your light with all of us, and we will take it from here. ”

After her death, Christ was honored with a number of awards, including a scholarship from Wake Forest University, named in her honor, to be awarded annually to black, Indigenous or law students from Carolina.

“Her influence, her legacy and her influence will live on forever,” said Latoya Evans, a spokeswoman for the Christ family.

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Jonathan Limehouse is a reporter for the latest news and covers all major events in the Charlotte area. He has covered a number of other battles in public safety, education, health and sport. He is a proud graduate of UNC Charlotte and a native of Raleigh.



Miss USA Chesley Christ was remembered at the memorial service

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