Schmitt keeps watch on career and health

Published 12:53 am Saturday, August 6, 2011

Editor’s note: Fifty Plus is a weekly feature that provides a look at area senior citizens, their accomplishments and their life experiences. Fifty Plus prospects are asked to fill out a questionnaire concerning their lives.


Roddy Schmitt works on a ring at Schmitt’s Incorporated in downtown Washington. (WDN Photo/Mike Voss)

This week’s Fifty Plus takes a look at Charles Rodney “Roddy” Schmitt, a Washington business owner and downtown resident. He is a watchmaker and jeweler.

Where are you from originally?

Washington, N.C.

To what clubs/church do you belong?

First Presbyterian Church, Washington.

Education (list schools, starting with high school)

Washington High School, Bowman Technical School, Beaufort County Technical Institute (now Beaufort County Community College)

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing?

I wish that I had retired from the Army/funeral director.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Live a better life and give to the church for outreach and make a home for kids that are on drugs or alcohol or just troubled.

What is the thing most people don’t know about you?

That I like to exercise and run.

What is your favorite food?

A nice cooked steak on top of mashed potatoes.

What’s the last book you read?

I don’t read much, but “Heaven Is So Real.”

What is your favorite TV show?

Talent shows, “American Pickers,” “Pawn Stars,” history shows.

Where would you go on your dream vacation?

A trip around the U.S.

What is your pet peeve?

Trash thrown on the highways, streets and cities of our country.

What’s the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you?

Always smile and speak to others. My mom.

What’s the biggest difference between life as a senior as opposed to below age 30?

My health. I had not been in the hospital or had surgery until I hit 60 years old.

Compiled by Mike Voss

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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