Name: Shirley Billups

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 3, 2007

Age: 51

Occupation and title: Floral designer at Designs by Sandra

Children’s names and ages: No children. Nieces, Chrystal 18 and Kimberly 16

Church affiliation: A member of Black Creek Baptist Church

What’s the best part of your day? Being able to help someone

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

Why do you choose to live in Franklin/Southampton/Isle of Wight County? I was born and raised in Southampton

If you had two weeks’ vacation and money were no object, how would you spend your time? I would visit Nashville, home of country music

Favorite food: Chicken cooked anyway

Favorite weekend destination: Around home getting loose ends tied up

Favorite color: Green

What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned, and who taught you? Always be honest and you won’t have to worry about anything — my parents

Favorite Bible verse: Love one another

What’s the best decision you’ve made in life? Having gastric bypass surgery

Which local charitable or non-profit organization do you wish more people would support? St. Jude’s, it is an awesome hospital and helps so many children

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know. I cane chairs and play the dobro guitar

What’s your hobby? Basket weaving, chair caning and any type of craft

If you could re-live one day of your life, which would it be and why? Spend another day with my deceased dad

What gives you the blues? Crime in our hometown. It just does not belong.

What’s the most Southern thing you’ve ever done? Go four wheeling

What’s your best childhood memory? My dad teaching me to ride a bike

Tell us one true thing. I love people old and young

What frightens you most? The state the world has gotten into

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why? With my aunt in Rhode Island because we have so much in common

Who’s your favorite ex-president? President Ford

If you could pass or change one law, what would it be? Eye for an eye — tooth for a tooth

What last brought tears to your eyes? The guy who taught me to play music passed away

If you could invite three guests - living or dead, from anytime in history - to dinner, who would they be? My dad, my nieces because they never met

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island? Water, crackers and my sweetheart

What kind of music do you like, and who’s your favorite performer? Country — Alan Jackson

Who’s a famous athlete or entertainer you admire? Bill Gaither Band, leading people to Christ

What’s the last book you read? Christmas Blessing

To whom are you grateful and why? My mom and dad for bringing me up to have respect and responsibility and letting me know the world owes me nothing