Powell lands in Bath after FAA career

Published 12:12 am Saturday, October 29, 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.


This week’s Fifty Plus takes a look at Bath resident Maudie Powell, who retired from the Federal Aviation Administration,

Where are you from originally?

Potecasi in Northampton County.

When did you move here? Why?

March 2009. Retirement home on the waterfront and tax exemption on my annuity.

To what clubs/church do you belong?

Funtime Seniors Bowling League in Greenville, Washington Yacht and Country Club, attend Spring Garden Missionary Baptist Church,

Education (list schools, starting with high school)

W.S. Creecy High School, Rich Square; Fayetteville State University.

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

Learning to play music, specifically, guitar and keyboard.

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

Establish college fund for my granddaughter, buy house for each of my two sons, travel to each of the 50 states in the U.S. and then abroad, charity donation to help those with cancer.

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

I was over 55 when I baked my first cake.

What is your favorite food?

Spinach omelette and pear preserves.

What’s the last book you read?

“Last Night, a DJ Saved My Life.”

What is your favorite TV show?

“The Price is Right.”

Where would you go on your dream vacation?

Cruise to all of the Hawaiian Islands

What is your pet peeve?

Lack of organization and consistency.

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

“If you talk behind other people, you may tell lies.” My father.

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

More control of how you spend your time and when “you have to be anywhere.”

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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