Pensacola, Florida
Sunday May 27th 2018


Last Word—Charmere Gatson

Charmere Gatson
University of West Florida, LeaP Class of 2011

What is your chief characteristic?
Perseverance, because through all of the struggles I’ve been through in this life – most recently with my health, I have stood the test of time. I keep pressing forward. Often times, I hear people say, “Better you than me,” “You’re a trooper,” or “You are one tough kid.”

What do you appreciate most about your friends?
In reference to my closest friends, I appreciate their genuineness (And yes, that’s a word!). No fakes, no phonies. In our circle of friendship, we keep it real with each other. It’s not uncommon for me to send a text to my friends just thanking them for being the individuals they are. Also, when I see the bad in me or in my situations, they see the good and make it known through encouragement.

Who is your favorite heroine in fiction?
Celie in “The Color Purple.” From living a life filled with trials and tribulations, Celie’s endurance resulted in her finding true happiness and success.

What is the best thing you have ever won?
An award of appreciation from President Bush for my budget and technical writing work in the Executive Office of the President at the White House. I didn’t win it, per se, but I earned it – lots of long hours and hard work.

What did you mother always tell you?
“I do XYZ, only because I care” (XYZ is whatever action she took).

What is the worst idea you’ve ever had?
To “feel better,” and try to rush getting discharged from the hospital just to go home to rest in my own comfy bed, only to end up admitted again within a few days.

What is your favorite food?
Anything BBQ

Which talent would you most like to have?
OK, so I’ve been blessed with the talent of playing the piano/keyboard, but there’s nothing like the sound of a Hammond B-3 organ. So, the talent I’d most like to have? It would be the ability to rock a Hammond B-3 organ. With mastery, I’d love to have that “just hop on and play” mentality where I could just sit there and have fun running some bass lines on the pedalboard.

What movie do you love to watch repeatedly?
Sex and the City

What TV show is your guilty pleasure?
“Jeopardy!” (I’m such a nerd!)

What is the last book you read?
“Life Spices from Seasoned Sistahs: A Collection of Life Stories from Mature Women of Color” edited by Vicki Ward

What is your theme song?
“I’m Still Holding On” by Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir. The title speaks for itself.