HAMLET — Do you love beach music, oldies and maybe a little down-home country? Well so does this week’s Notable Neighbor.
NAME: Ervin Roscoe Jr.
EDUCATION: Hamlet High School
CAREER: Roscoe has been “playing around with music” since he was 21, but he never gave up his day job.
“I’m a correction officer by trade,” Roscoe said. “I’ve worked at Lanesboro over in Anson County, and now I’m at Morrison (Correctional Institution near Hoffman). The music’s just a little hobby of mine.”
FAMILY: Roscoe lives in Hamlet with his wife, Regina, who said she’s always been a fan of her husband’s music. The couple will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29.
COMMUNITY: “I don’t do it as much as I used to, but I used to help out, go play over at the Council on Aging,” Roscoe said. “I’ve played at the Cole Auditorium for the senior center’s Christmas party three times. I also play the car shows, those Main Street Cruise-Ins. I played at the Hamlet fair, and I do a lot with the Lions Club of Ellerbe.”
WHY HE’S NOTABLE: Roscoe has a loyal fan following around the county and enjoys his hobby.
WHAT MOTIVATES HIM: “I’m just a normal person,” he said. “I’m not going Nashville anytime soon. Really, for me, this is just kind of chasing an old dream.”
HIS PROUDEST MOMENT: “When my kids were born. They don’t live in the area, though” he said. “Regina and I both have kids, but none together.”
HIS BIGGEST INFLUENCE:” My wife and I just enjoy one another. And I’ve always tried to follow the Lord.”
HOW HE UNWINDS: “I eat a bologna sandwich,” he said. “Maybe have some coffee.”
FUTURE GOALS: “I’d have to say my goal in life is to live as long as the good Lord will let me.”
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tim and Nicole Hayden are fans of Roscoe as well as the food at Pattan’s, where they were dining Tuesday as Roscoe was getting ready for his first set.
“It’s really good and we like it when he’s here,” Tim Hayden said.
Nicole Hayden agreed.
“When he’s here, it adds a special aspect to the dining environment,” she said.
Charles and Leah Melvin were also enjoying the fare at Pattan’s and have visited before.
“We pretty much like to eat and listen,” Charles said. “He’s good.”
To reach Roscoe, call 910-719-1007.
Reach reporter Melonie McLaurin at 910-817-2673 and follow her on Twitter @meloniemclaurin. Notable Neighbors is a series of personality profiles featuring Richmond County residents from all walks of life. Stories will appear in the Daily Journal on Thursdays and online at YourDailyJournal.com. To nominate a Notable Neighbor, email Corey Friedman at email@example.com.