Winfred R. Ralph Jr.

Published 9:39 pm Friday, December 12, 2008

Name: Winfred R. Ralph Jr.

Age: 49

Occupation and title: Pepsi route salesman

Spouse’s name: Joyce Ralph

Children’s names and ages: Shayna “Danyelle” Bullock 24; Reginald Maurice Ralph 22; Antonio Cadero Ralph 20; five grandchildren coming in January

Church affiliation: New Middle Swamp Missionary Baptist Church, Corapeake, N.C.

What’s the best part of your day? Going home at the end of a long day

If you could select another profession, what would you do? It would be in a field of servicing people. That is one of my gifts from God.

Why do you choose to live in Franklin/Southampton/Isle of Wight County? Because this is where my wife wants to live. Her family is here.

If you had two weeks’ vacation and money were no object, how would you spend your time? I would love to visit Hawaii and Hollywood.

Favorite food: Seafood

Favorite weekend destination: Home with my wife

Favorite college sports team: Duke

Favorite pro sports team: Dallas Cowboys

Favorite color: Black

What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned, and who taught you? I actually love these two and I learned them both at Triple ‘C’ Bible Institute in Ahoskie, N.C., which I am still attending. “A lesson is not taught until it is walked” and “God can bestow no greater compliment upon you than to place His Book in your hands and call you teacher.”

Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16 — For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that who so ever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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

Which local charitable or nonprofit organization do you wish more people would support? Red Cross, I think they do a lot for people in distress.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I am a very serious person.

What’s your hobby? Watching ball games on TV

If you could re-live one day of your life, which would it be and why? When I was in the Marines, I nearly drowned in swimming. I wished I had learned how to swim.

What gives you the blues? Seeing so many young people out of work and not wanting to work

What’s the most Southern thing you’ve ever done? Worked on the farm and in the fields

WHat’s your best childhood memory? Receiving a bike for Christmas with a steering wheel

Tell us one true thing: John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the father, but by me.”

What frightens you most? Dying without going to heaven (saved)

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why? I love Florida. The climate is always pretty much the same.

Who’s your favorite ex-president? Bill Clinton

If you could pass or change one law, what would it be? Never have same-sex marriage in any state

What last brought tears to your eyes? Barack Obama winning the presidential election

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

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island? Bible, water and my wife if she can be considered an object. If not, a cell phone.

What kind of music do you like, and who’s your favorite performer? Gospel and the oldies. My church choirs.

Who’s a famous athlete or entertainer you admire? Tiger Woods

What’s the last book you read? The Bible

To whom are you grateful and why? First and foremost, I am grateful to God for providing a savior (Jesus Christ) for all of mankind to come back to a relationship with him. Secondly, I am so grateful to God for sending me my wife. She is my soulmate.