November 13, 2013
Faces of Fauquier: Job dovetails with hunting
“I’m interested in what I do. I started hunting when I was 7 years old, with my dad, and learned all about gun safety,” says Bobby Lewis, a 2002 Liberty High School graduate.
It’s a good place for hunting and still has an agriculture base. If it ever gets like Fairfax, then I’m leaving.
Raised in Fauquier County, Bobby Lewis combines his passion for the outdoors and hunting with his job at Clark Brothers.
As a sales associate at the busy Opal gun and sporting goods store, Mr. Lewis enjoys helping customers learn about firearms.
“I was raised in a hunting environment and spent time around guns. I’m interested in what I do. I started hunting when I was 7 years old, with my dad, and learned all about gun safety,” he said.
His father, Steve, remains a role model.
“He raised me and taught me everything about life I need to know. I can go to him and he gives me guidance,” Mr. Lewis said.
A simple man who enjoys small-town life, Mr. Lewis says he wouldn’t change anything about Fauquier.
“It’s a good place for hunting and still has an agriculture base. If it ever gets like Fairfax, then I’m leaving.”
Sales associate at Clark Brothers since 2000. Helps customers, sells products, answers questions and more.
• Why you do the job?
I started working here when I was 16 years old. This was the first place that came to mind when I wanted to work somewhere. I was raised in a hunting environment and spent time around guns. I’m interested in what I do. I started hunting when I was 7 years old, with my dad, and learned all about gun safety. I harvested my first deer when I was about 11 years old and my dad was probably happier than me because of all the hard work he put into teaching me.
Parents, Steve and Dianna Lewis; two older brothers, Steve Lewis Jr. and Jesse Lewis.
Liberty High School, 2002.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
For 29 years.
• Why do you live here?
I grew up here. I have a lot of ties with family and friends. I really enjoy working with the people at Clark Brothers. It would be hard to leave that.
• How do you describe this county?
It’s a gorgeous county. It’s definitely growing up and getting more developed, but it still has a small-town feeling. There’s a fair amount of things to do here. It’s a good place for hunting and still has an agriculture base. If it ever gets like Fairfax, then I’m leaving.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
Nothing really. I’m a simple guy and I don’t need much.
• What do you do for fun?
My biggest hobby is hunting. I love the outdoors, golfing and spending time with family and friends.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I like it everywhere the same. I like to come to work. That’s the good thing about a job; it’s not always about money, but about enjoying what you do. I enjoy teaching people about firearms.
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Grown up. I’m sure it’s going to be a busier, more developed county.
• Favorite TV show?
I don’t get to watch too much TV, but two of my favorites would be “Duck Dynasty” and “Sons of Anarchy.”
• Favorite Movie?
“Dumb & Dumber” and “Step Brothers.” You can watch those over and over again.
• Favorite book?
I don’t really read much, but I like to read “North American Whitetail” magazine.
• Favorite vacation spot?
Going to the beach or being outdoors. Camping somewhere in the wilderness.
• Favorite food?
Mexican food. All of it as long as doesn’t have guacamole.
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
“Be yourself and don’t change, as long as you’re doing good.” I learned that from several of my family members.
• Who’s your hero and why?
My father, because he raised me and taught me everything about life I need to know. I can go to him and he gives me guidance. I figure he has probably been there and done that, and he can lead me in the right direction.
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would give money to everyone in my family and maybe some of my close friends. Give some to a charity — the Wounded Warrior Project — for everyone who has fought and served in the military. My Dad and one of my brothers served in the Marines. I would also buy a big property, a farm, out West.
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