People@Work: Anna B. Phillips
NAME: Anna Malinda Bridges Phillips
AGE: So young, only 44
FAMILY: Husband Charles, girls Lydia (age 11) and Eliza (age 9). Parents are Tommy and Gail Bridges and my In-laws are Atlas and Betsy Phillips.
POSITION: Funeral Director with Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and, yes, Tommy Bridges is my father and I am his youngest daughter to my older sister, Stephanie Bridges
HOMETOWN: Sanford, but Deep River is really my home
What are five most frequently-played songs on your iPod playlist? I don’t usually listen to my iPod, but on my XM radio I’ll listen to anything upbeat! No sad songs!
What is your favorite movie? My husband and girls think I am crazy for the first two, but “Pride and Prejudice” (The A&E version), “Sense and Sensibility,” “Shawshank Redemption” and “Legends of the Fall.”
What is your favorite book? I don’t have a favorite, and I am lucky if I have the time to get through a magazine.
Is there a hobby you can’t live without? Hobby? You have to be kidding.
Who would be your ideal dinner guests? (Name three, living or dead) Moses, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Abraham Lincoln — I just have so many questions for them.
What is something interesting most people don’t know about you? I can play the piano and the flute and used to sing in the church choir before children.
Ideal vacation spot: Our family beach house at Cherry Grove, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
If you were given $5,000 to donate to a non-profit organization, which would you pick? My church, Flat Springs Baptist Church
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had? I’ve stapled my finger — does that count?
Ever had a brush with celebrity? My family and I were just feet away from Princess Anne of the British Royal family while vacationing at the Outer Banks. She nodded in our direction.
Would you go bungee jumping or skydiving? No, no and no!
Do you have a tattoo? No, no and no!
Ever been outside the United States? Yes, in high school a group of us went to Austria, Switzerland and Germany with Mr. and Mrs. Cope.
Did you have a childhood nickname? I have always been and always will be Anna Banana.
Favorite season? I love, love the fall and the cool air.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to tell someone? Since I work at the funeral home, there are many hard things I have had to discuss with families.
Would you consider plastic surgery if someone else paid for it? Oh, yes! Where do I sign up?
Which actor would portray you in a movie about your life? Only the most beautiful and skinny, of course!
What’s your usual wake-up time in the morning? As late as possible — I don’t do mornings well.
What superhero power would you most like to have? I have always wanted to fly (like the birds) ever since I was a little girl. I’ve had recurring dreams of flying.
What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up? “The Brady Bunch” — “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.”
What’s your cell phone ringtone? “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” — call me so I can hear it again!
Do you have bumper stickers of any kind on your car? No stickers on the car, I have the girls put them on their golf cart.
Ever wondered by Kamikaze pilots wore helmets? Never thought about it