Meet Your Neighbor: Ray Mobley, 50
Ray Mobley was born in Georgia but has lived “practically my whole life” in Belle Glade, where he retired in January from a 30-year career — painting and custodial work — with the School District of Palm Beach County.
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What do you like most about living in Belle Glade?
‘Belle Glade is my whole life, where I went to school and where I grew up. I can go anywhere else for a couple of weeks and end up getting homesick.’
Should the U.S. Mint discontinue pennies?
‘I think they should be discontinued, but they should be preserved at the same time. The penny is wasted. It’s so wasteful when people throw pennies on the ground.’
Is there a type of coin that you would most like to own?
‘Any of the large cents from the early 1800s that I haven’t been able to locate yet — but I think that’s because I haven’t been in the colonial states where they were produced.’
Can you recommend a movie that you saw recently?
‘’Man of Steel.’ I’m a big fan of action heroes.’
What kinds of books do you prefer?
‘I’m into coin collecting and history, and that’s what I read. I don’t get into novels. Anything having to do with craft or hobbies or do it yourself – I get into that type of reading.’