Name: Earva Lee Jones Sumblin

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 19, 2007

Age: 56

Occupation and title: Long-term Care, Senior Services Southeast Virginia, Care Coordinator

Spouse’s name: Freddie Sumblin

Children’s names and ages: Lynnora Sumblin 40, Douglas Sumblin 39, Angel Sumblin 38 and grandson, Justin 13

Church affiliation: O’Berry AME Zion

What’s the best part of your day? Awakening to a new dawn

If you could select another profession, what would you do? To expand my family-owned travel agency, “GRUP, into a global company to allow for affordable travel for all

Why do you choose to live in Franklin/Southampton/Isle of Wight County? To give back to the community that I grew up in

If you had two weeks’ vacation and money were no object, how would you spend your time? Traveling around the world

Favorite food: Summer butter beans fresh from the garden

Favorite weekend destination: Atlanta, Ga. spending time with son and daughter

Favorite college sports team: St. Paul’s Tigers, my alma mater

Favorite pro sports team: Dallas Cowboys

Favorite color: Navy Blue

What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned, and who taught you? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. My mother, Elizabeth Jones, taught me that

Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16

What’s the best decision you’ve made in life? To give my life to Christ.

Which local charitable or non-profit organization do you wish more people would support? NAMI

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know. By the age 17, I was married and had three children.

What’s your hobby? Fishing

If you could re-live one day of your life, which would it be and why? To erase the event on Jan. 24, 2004. My spouse of 38 years had a stroke, and it left him with aphasia.

What gives you the blues? Watching my husband struggle to be included in gainful day to day activities with others.

What’s the most Southern thing you’ve ever done? Eating chicken feet and pot pie

What’s your best childhood memory? Playing games at O’Berry School

Tell us one true thing. I am a people’s servant

What frightens you most? People failing to think

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why? Right where I am, because the greatest impact I can make is to affect the person next door

Who’s your favorite ex-president? John F. Kennedy

If you could pass or change one law, what would it be? Pass a law to protect the benefit of spouses under 62 where there is a death or disability.

What last brought tears to your eyes? Going to receive help for my husband, and in return getting a job for myself

If you could invite three guests - living or dead, from anytime in history - to dinner, who would they be? Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Elizabeth Jones

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island? Bible, water and a blanket

What kind of music do you like, and who’s your favorite performer? Contemporary gospel - Jeff Majors

Tell us about a good movie you’ve seen lately and why you liked it. Why I Got Married. It showed how good relationships can work and overcome conflicts.

Who’s a famous athlete or entertainer you admire? Maya Angelou

What’s the last book you read? Living Waters

To whom are you grateful and why? Emma Riddick, aunt; she encouraged me never to give up