This is the story of Charles Smith, a retired teacher and Bertie County Principal and Bertie County Commissioner, whose voice brought him much acclaim. He sang with such bands as 'Soul Reflections,' the 'Bertie-Martin Band,' and the 'Steppin Out Band.' He sings locally now as a member of both the Male Chorus and Senior Choirs of the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. He is well-23known throughout the region for singing the National Anthem at local festivals.