This week, The Grenada Star spotlights 86-year-old Louis Horton of Grenada.
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Yalobusha County on Oct. 10, 1935.
Q: Who were your parents?
A: My father was Bo Hannan Horton and my mother was Courtney Horton.
Q: What did your parents do for a living?
A: My father was a farmer and my mother just stayed at home.
Q: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
A: I was the oldest of five. It was me; Lloyd Horton; the twins, Selma and Elma Horton, and then Roscoe Horton.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: I went to Grenada High.
Q: What do you recall most from your childhood?
A: I remember always going to church and helping my daddy in the fields.
Q: Where have you lived?
A: I have lived in Yalobusha and Grenada counties.
Q: What do you like most about Grenada?
A: I just like it. I like sacking groceries at Spain’s. I just like living here.
Q: What is your wife’s name?
A: Her name is Alice Horton.
Q: How long have you been married?
A: We have been married 25 years.
Q: What made your spouse the one for you?
A: All I can say about this is that she is good to me. She bought me a truck. She takes care of me.
Q: What advice do you give married couples for them to have a long, healthy marriage like you do?
A: Both of you have to work. You have got to love one another and take care of each other. That’s it.
Q: Where do you attend church?
A: I go to Burning Bush Missionary Baptist Church.
Q: Where do you work? What is your role?
A: I worked at Mr. Worsham’s service station for 47 years where I pumped gas and changed oil and tires. They were good to me. They were real good people. When that closed down, I went to work at Spain’s bagging groceries. I sure enjoy doing that. I don’t get to do it much anymore, but when I can, I like to go help.
Q: Do you do a lot of traveling?
A: No, I like staying at home.
Q: What inventions have you witnessed that intrigue you? Why?
A: I really thought the coil oil lamp was a great invention.
Q: What keeps you busy these days?
A: I really enjoy going to the Food Pantry and helping there. I have been doing that for as long as I can remember. I love helping these people in need.
Q: What is your favorite TV show and movie? Why?
A: I love wrestling. That’s my favorite, but I like “Gun Smoke,” too.
Q: What advice would you like to give people on staying healthy?
A: Don’t eat no fried food and do a little work every now and then.
~ By Mandy Ayers