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BY TERRY POPE
It was a matter of timing. That's how Jane Causey
describes the major events in her life?entering the
restaurant business, helping her church establish a missionary
in Costa Rica and being elected to the Brunswick
County Board of Education.
It was a matter of timing that the Republican candidate
was even lured into the world of politics. A chance
telephone call one night from Republican party leaders
opened the door, but it was her religion that showed her
"Members of the Republican party called one night
to ask me if I would run, but I wasn't home." Ms. Causey
now recalls. "I said, 'Well, if they don't call back, I won't
run.' They called back three days later and I said,
The campaign trail was treaded lightly, with a soft,
motherly voice pleading for a change on the board that
she believed had "turned into a political arena." She
never promised political favors, just "caring for the
kids" was her main concern. And somewhere deep inside,
she felt certain of her destiny, of the final vote
count, for she also felt a "christian responsibility to
I husband Bobby own and operate two) and busy church
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competitive arena, but she survived tlie struggle. Her
small frame is used to struggles?from tobacco fields,
cheerleading tryouts, hamburger stands, restaurants
and through a tough election year.
Part of her struggles were spent on a farm near her
childhood home in I/ongwood. At the age of five, Ms.
Causey's father, a mechanic, died and her mother began
working in restaurants. At the age of 14, Ms. Causey also
began working in a restaurant, at a hamburger stand in
AN INTEREST In children led Jane Causey to run tor
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"I was a good worker," Ms. Causey said. "In fact,
every year people would start calling my mother to make
sure I was going to work in the tobacco fields for them.
I've always been used to being busy."
As a student at the old Waecamaw liigh School, she
was a popular cheerleader for six years and was named
co-captain of the varsity squad in the tenth grade. As a
senior, sne ana BoDDy were married and she later finished
school at Southeastern Community College in
"As I look back today, my life looked pretty smooth,"
she said. "I was very active in sports, and the people involved
in sports were health conscientious. The crowd I
hung around was pretty much sports oriented."
It was a bit of bad timing, a death in her husband's
family, that allowed the couple to obtain their first
restaurant, Jane's Seafood Restaurant on Holden Beach
Road. The couple later added Jane's Kountry Cafeteria
just south of Shallotte to the family holdings and would
like to own a third, one for each of their three daughters
when they are old enough to manage one on their own.
The Causey family is a close family. They go to
church together, play the piano and sing together and
together. Mo. Ctiuocy a uiuuiei aim wuim III iiic
restaurant business, along with the family.
"For the first seven years, we worked seven days a
week," Ms. Causey said. "We never left that place.
That's our life. That's what we know how to do?that and
our church work."
However, for four months out of the year the
restaurant business does slow a bit in Brunswick County
due to the decline in the tourist season, allowing the
Causeys and their three daughters to occasionally get
away for the weekend. The highlight to such relaxation
may be touring the historic district at Charleston, S.C.,
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Stcphannn Tewey, renter, and Diane Van Nortwick,
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for a day, then dining out and spending the night before
returning to work the following day.
Tneir work with the Brunswick Christian Center at
Thomasboro, an interdenominational church with more
uittii ow meiuuers, iws icu ine coupie to neip esiaousn a
missionary in Costs Rica, a small country bordering
Nicaragua in Central America. Called the "Rivers of Living
Waters," the mission now has 2,500 members who go
to church seven days a week to hear pastor Miguel Ccrtez,
who walks four miles each day to hold services.
"The way it got started was a missionary came to
speak at our church once trying to get support for the
mission," Ms. Causey said. As it turned out, several
members of Uie Brunswick Christian Center are aiso
former residents of Costa Rica, with relatives among
those natives who were wishing to establish the missionary.
When the Causeys traveled to view the missionary
with others in the church, they met those relatives and
also had an opportunity to expore the country. Bobby
became co-owner of a travel agency at the San .lose Airport,
helping to finance the business that is now operated
by the relatives of his fellow church members.
The business has since begun to flourish, giving the
family z hep: cf c".c Any msyb" tn the country
to retire, an idea Ms. Caiisey pondered with her eyes
turned toward the ceiling, as though she could almost see
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another church activity?the two ingredients that seem
to follow the couple everywhere they turn.
"The people are poor, but the country's different,"
Ms. Causey said. "It's not the kind of *h!ng when*everybody
is starving. There are fruit trees growing
everywhere, people have plenty to eat. They don't have
much money, but it's the only way of life they know."
There was a time when Ms. Causey had ideas that
even stretched beyond the restaurant business. As a
ninth-grader, she and some friends would leave their
Ixmgwood homes every Saiurday morning and travel io
Shallotte to slug at the local radio station. They sluiced
air time with an early rock and roll band of which Hobby
was a member. That is how the couple first met.
Slim Mims was coming to town searching for local
talent to appear on his television show, and someone in
Hobby's band suggested that the girls join the gentlemen
for one number. The hit won the talent show and
everyone became excited.
Prizes and an opportunity to appear on television
were also awarded, but the girls' mothers )>ecamc alarmed
at the whole idea and would not allow them to join the
Although Ms. Causey never got to sing on television,
it was another matter of timing in her life that allowed
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DINERS often find Jane Causey busy at one of the family's
two restaurants. She and her husband, Bobby,
divide their time between work nnd church activities.
her to meet Bobby.
"We work good together," she said. "If I have an
Idea, he can make tt come together."
They work together in the restaurant business to
satisfy ihe customers' tastes.
"It's a psychological thing with folks," Ms. (Causeyexplained.
"They think that if the people who own the
restaurant are not there, then the food doesn't taste the
Ms. Causey is devoted to her role as o school board
member to satisfy the students' needs.
"The important thing is the family unit," she said.
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work with kids in the restaurant business una have never
had a problem with them being disrespectful.
"We know the kinds of things they go through today
Kids have a lot of different needs. They lust need somuutM
to give them an opportunity," she added.
Both business und religion has provided Jane (Causey
with valuable lessons, and an uncanny sense of timing.
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