May 21, 2014
Faces of Fauquier: Gilmer knows athletics in Fauquier
“I used to watch Major Warner and Paul Frye play baseball and basketball when they were in (Fauquier) high school,” Gilmer Lee says of the Kettle Run principal and activities director, respectively.
I ushered at the Washington Nationals, Washington Redskins, and D.C. United soccer games. I took people’s tickets on their way into the stadium and got to see the games for free.
A humble servant and Fauquier native, the school custodian invests his time in the community.
Edwin Gilmer Lee, who spent his childhood in Goldvein before the family’s move to Warrenton, has served and worked in many different organizations.
“I like the community and the country life,” Mr. Lee said. “You know everybody.”
A custodian at Kettle Run High School since 2008, he has also worked for Moser Funeral Home and the Virginia Department of Transportation, in addition to his active membership in the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co.
Passionate about sports, “Gilmer” has kept scores and statistics for Fauquier, Liberty, and Kettle Run high school athletic teams since 1973.
“I used to watch Major Warner and Paul Frye play baseball and basketball when they were in (Fauquier) high school,” he said of the Kettle Run principal and activities director, respectively.
One year, he ushered at Washington Nationals, Washington Redskins and D.C. United soccer games.
Custodian at Kettle Run High School since 2008, cleaning 27 classrooms on the upper floor five evenings a week. Funeral attendant at Moser Funeral Home every other weekend since 2006. Retired from VDOT after 29 years. Volunteer fireman with Warrenton company for 29 years.
• Why do you do the job?
Someone has to clean the building, and I don’t mind cleaning. Overall, it’s pretty nice. The people are all very friendly.
Mother, Lake, 94; two brothers, Roger (Liberty High’s principal) and Arthur.
Fauquier High School, 1971. Bluefield College, 1973.
• Civic and/or church involvement
Member of Warrenton Baptist Church. Warrenton Ruritan Club member for 33 years with perfect attendance. Keeps sports scores and statistics for Liberty, Fauquier, and Kettle Run high schools. He also has donated more than six gallons of blood to the American Red Cross since 1978.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
All my life, since 1952. I grew up in Goldvein, and my family moved to Warrenton in 1968.
• Why do you live here?
I like the community and the country life. You know everybody.
• How do you describe this county?
It’s horse country. Plus, the area has a lot of private businesses between. Lots of farms with dairy cattle in the north and south. It’s trying to break out like Prince William County, but it’s not like that yet.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
Nothing. No use changing it now.
• What do you do for fun?
In 2005 to 2006, I ushered at the Washington Nationals, Washington Redskins, and D.C. United Soccer games. I took people’s tickets on their way into the stadium and got to see the games for free.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I like to eat at different places like Firehouse Subs and the Chinese restaurants.
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
It will probably be in the Northern Virginia district classification for pay scales with all the growth in the county.
• Favorite TV show?
Soap operas — “General Hospital.”
• Favorite movie?
I really don’t go to many movies.
• Favorite book?
I don’t really have one.
• Favorite vacation spot?
I just take a vacation at home usually. I’m going to Myrtle Beach later this summer.
• Favorite food?
I can eat anything — chicken, spaghetti. I like Chinese food.
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
People always told me, “Keep doing what makes you happy and time will pass you by quickly and you will be ready for retirement.”
• Who’s your hero and why?
Joe Gibbs (the former Washington Redskins coach). He is a good Christian man and a good role model.
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would retire for good this time. I’m already retired from VDOT.
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