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February 12, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: She knows northern county well

Photo/Cassandra Brown
A lifelong northern Fauquier resident, Bernice Simpson bought the Marshall 7-Eleven franchise six years ago.
We have a diverse bunch of people. We have movie stars, politicians, rich and poor. It’s a county with good people in it, lots of down-to-earth people.
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Staff Journalist
Walk into the Marshall 7-Eleven and she will greet you like family.

“We are open 24/7, even when it snows. There are no sick days either,” said Bernice Simpson, who has owned the franchise for six years. “Even when the lights go out we are here to serve the customers.”

Mrs. Simpson loves the “down to earth” people of the county from movie stars to politicians and the rich and the poor.

After working for the U.S. Postal Service for 31 years, she got to know many of the residents in northern Fauquier, including a few famous folks.

“I met Robert Duvall at a Christmas party a few years ago and I have an autograph from Willard Scott when I used to deliver his mail in Delaplane,” she said.

A lifelong resident of northern Fauquier, she enjoys visiting Sky Meadows State Park, Paris Mountain and attending Gold Cup.


• Age

69

• Home

Marshall

• Work

Owner of the Marshall 7-Eleven for six years.

We are open 24/7, even when it snows. There are no sick days either. Even when the lights go out we are here to serve the customers. I have a good crew.
Retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 31 years serving Linden, Middleburg, Waterford, Delaplane and Marshall.

I used to drive a school bus and a lot of my customers now were my school kids. I have driven tractor-trailers, dump trucks, and worked at the Marshall Hardware store. It’s been exciting.

• Why you do the job?
For the people. I love people and all of our customers are great. They come from all over.

• Family
Husband, Clyde; three daughters, DaWan, Sharon and Dana; a sister, Patricia, who lives in Fredericksburg; a brother, Timmy, who lives in Sumerduck; two stepsons, Ray and Kenny; 11 grandchildren, and a great grandchild.

• Education
Attended Marshall High School for three years.

• Civic involvement

As long as it’s local, I don’t mind helping others in the community. I give money and food to local schools, churches and the fire department.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Sixty-nine years, all my life, always in the northern end of the county.

• Why do you live here?

I like the area. I like the people. I have always been in horse country and my father was a horseman. I have a place in Ocala, Florida, too.

• How do you describe this county?

We have a diverse bunch of people. We have movie stars, politicians, rich and poor. It’s a county with good people in it, lots of down-to-earth people.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Nothing really. Maybe make people realize there is a northern Fauquier County. I wish they would hold more softball games and events up here.

• What do you do for fun?
Travel. I went to Ireland last year. I love skiing and bowling. I’m a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?

Sky Meadows State Park. It’s a beautiful area. The top of Paris Mountain. Gold Cup. I like to shop at Designs by Teresa in Old Town Warrenton.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?

I think they have a reign on it. I don’t think it will change much. I hope it changes some for the people so they can get jobs closer to home. Especially with gas prices the way they are. I wish the county had more jobs available and something for young kids to do. I would love to see them build a YMCA, something in the northern end for everyone.

• Favorite TV show?
“Castle” and the Western Channel with all the shows starring Robert Duvall and Clint Eastwood.

• Favorite movie?

“Secondhand Lions,” “Lonesome Dove,” and “Dancing with Wolves.”

• Favorite book?
“Fifty Shades of Grey”

• Favorite vacation spot?

The Caribbean — the islands of St. Thomas and Jamaica.

• Favorite food?
I don’t have a favorite. I just like all kinds of food.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
I don’t know any good advice I have received, but I know you have to work hard to get any place. You get back what you give, and you should always be honest.

• Who’s your hero and why?
I have so many heroes. My parents were terrific. Lou O’Bannon who ran the Marshall Hardware for years. Marie and David Glascock, who ran the grocery store in Marshall. The ladies auxiliary of Marshall, who did a lot for the rescue squad and fire department. They have all done so much for the community in the northern end of the county. They have kept the lights on for this town. They have strong personalities.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would pay off all my debts and give it to others. Have fun! Invest some. My store had a $52,000 winner about two years ago who was from Upperville. I would love for one of our locals to win $1 million.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.


• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.


• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.


• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.


• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people


• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.


• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.


• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.


• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.


• Pastor a constant in Calverton.


• She keeps the courthouse spotless.


• He loves working working outdoors at the park.


• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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