Candice M. Woodruff

Published 1:50 am Friday, October 24, 2008

Name: Candice M. Woodruff

Age: 54

Occupation and title: Account clerk with the Southampton County Department of Social Services for 32 years and counting

Spouse’s name: Reginald L. “Woody” L. Woodruff Sr.

Children’s names and ages: Reginald L. Woodruff Jr., 28, and Lewis A. Woodruff, 21

Church affiliation: O’Berry AME Zion Church, Franklin

What’s the best part of your day? Evening

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

Why do you choose to live in Franklin/Southampton/Isle of Wight County? Born and raised in the Southampton County area

If you had two weeks’ vacation and money were no object, how would you spend your time? Vacationing in Myrtle Beach

Favorite food: Fried chicken

Favorite weekend destination: Home

Favorite college sports team: None right now, but come Fall 2009, I will support the Old Dominion University Monarch football team.

Favorite pro sports team: Washington Redskins

Favorite color: Royal blue

What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned, and who taught you? Always work hard and don’t always rely on others when you can do things for yourself. My mother, Inez Mayes, taught me that.

Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 139 in its entirety

What’s the best decision you’ve made in life? Getting married and raising my sons

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

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: That I am truly humble

What’s your hobby? Watching TV

If you could re-live one day of your life, which would it be and why? The day I got married, because I really felt special that day and everyone I love was there

What gives you the blues? Hearing about any child being abused

What’s the most Southern thing you’ve ever done? I rode on a mule and cart when my grandfather, Andrew Scott, used to go and plow gardens with his white mule.

What’s your best childhood memory? Playing hopscotch and bobby jacks in the back yard

Tell us one true thing: If you put God first in everything you do, you will always be blessed.

What frightens you most? The lack of morality in our society today

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why? Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Who’s your favorite ex-president? Bill Clinton

If you could pass or change one law, what would it be? Stiffer punishment on child abusers

What last brought tears to your eyes? I was watching a mother on TV talk about her 19-year-old son who was killed in Iraq. I thought of my two sons.

If you could invite three guests — living or dead, from anytime in history — to dinner, who would they be? Michelle Obama, my mom and mother-in-law, Jean Woodruff, who are both deceased

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island? Food, Bible and TV — if I had electricity

What kind of music do you like, and who’s your favorite performer? Rhythm & Blues. My favorite performer is Gerald Alston, lead singer of The Manhattans.

Tell us about a good movie you’ve seen lately and why you liked it: “American Gangster.” It showed just how bad the drug traffic is in this country.

Who’s a famous entertainer you admire? Vanessa Williams

What’s the last book you read? “God Is More Than Enough” by Tony Evans

To whom are you grateful and why? God, because he has done so much for me and my mother