Name: Edith Mountcastle

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 3, 2007

Age: 52

Occupation: Cashier

Children: Toni Maddox

Church affiliation: Baptist

What’s the best part of your day? Being able to get up in the morning

If you could select another profession, what would you do? Contracting

Why do you choose to live in Franklin/Southampton/Isle of Wight County? Because I have been here all my life and I love being in the Southampton area

If you had two weeks’ vacation and money were no object, how would you spend your time? I would go to Japan to see my daughter and grandchildren. My daughter is stationed there with the Marine Corps.

Favorite food: Chicken

Favorite weekend destination: Just riding out and going out to eat

Favorite color: Blue

What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned, and who taught you? Don’t give up on anything you want to do in life, and don’t burn your bridges behind you; you never know when you have to cross them. My mother.

Favorite Bible verse: Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.

What’s the best decision you’ve made in life? Having my daughter

Local charitable or non-profit organization you wish more people would support: The Big C

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I am a early bird.

Your hobby: Cooking

If you could re-live one day of your life, which would it be and why? Being with my mother on the day that she died so I could tell her how much I love her for the last time

What gives you the blues? Not being able to see my daughter and grandchildren

What’s the most Southern thing you’ve ever done? Made a pit in the ground and fried fish

What’s your best childhood memory? Seeing my sister and brother get off the school bus

Tell us one true thing: I have a forgiving heart.

What frightens you most? Rats

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why? Hawaii, because it’s warm and beautiful

Your favorite ex-president: Kennedy

If you could pass or change one law, what would it be? Gun control

What last brought tears to your eyes? The flood in October. I had to start all over again.

If you could invite TWO guests – living or dead, from anytime in history – to dinner, who would it be? Dr. King and my fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Harrell

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island? Phone, computer and a boat

What kind of music do you like? R&B

Tell us about a good movie you’ve seen lately and why you liked it:. “Dream Girls.” It had a lot good old music in it.

To whom are you grateful and why? Mrs. Ruth Jones for being here for me and being like a mother to me. My daughter, sister and John Dixon — really all of my family and friends.