Board of supervisors honors “Citizens of the Year”
The Fauquier County Board of Supervisors honored its Citizens of the Year — one from each magisterial district — Thursday night:
Harold Comer Lee District
Text of Supervisor Chris Butler’s presentation
My selection for the 2016 Lee District Citizen of the Year is Mr. Harold Lloyd Comer. I wish to recognize Mr. Comer, posthumously, as a great citizen of Fauquier County, Lee District and the Village of Sumerduck. Harold passed away August 14, 2016, at the age of 84.
Mr. Comer resided in Sumerduck his entire life.
He and his wife, Gloria Belle Peters Comer, moved to the Comer family farm on the Rappahannock River when they were married and raised their children Harold, Gail, Debbie and Judy. A lifetime farmer, he also worked a variety of jobs but is best known throughout the community for his general contracting business. He was known as "Pop-Pop" to eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Comer was a member of Mt. Holly Baptist Church. He was also the sole surviving charter member of the Sumerduck Ruritan Club with 55 years’ perfect attendance.
Harold was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially turkeys, in the fall.
When I reached out to my community for nominees, Mr. Ed Fox wrote me, suggesting I consider Mr. Comer. Ed went on to say, “Mr. Comer was always involved in his community through the Ruritans, his church, business and farm. Harold would help fellow farmers in need, by plowing fields for them or tending livestock. As Sumerduck “urbanized,” Harold would do good deeds for the new folks migrating to the area. Harold would allow access to his land and the river that flowed through his farm. Family, friends and extended family would gather at his farm and he treated everyone like family.
Mr. Fox told me that during his many years of serving as a Ruritan, he’d quit three or four times, yet Mr. Comer was always there to reel him back in by reminding me of the importance of serving my community.
Mr. Comer was a friend to my family. His children rode the bus my mother drove. Harold always met me with a smile and handshake. Earlier this year, when I attended a Ruritan event, I went to speak to Mr. Comer. He said “I know who you are if you are Mr. Butler. I don’t know who you are if you are a politician.”
It with much pride and honor that I recognize Mr. Harold Comer as 2016 Lee District Citizen of the Year.
Kalvyn Smith Cedar Run District
Text of Supervisor Rick Gerhardt’s prepared remarks
Kalvyn Smith is a lifelong resident of Catlett. In 1962, his father Bill became the first assistant chief of the Catlett Fire Department and later chief. Kalvyn spent his childhood “hanging on his dad’s pant leg,” as one person described, and, at the age of 14, Kalvyn became a junior firefighter and officially started his volunteer career with Catlett.
In 1984, Kalvyn was hired by the Prince William Fire Department but remained an active and enthusiastic volunteer for Catlett. Over the years, he moved up in ranks both at Catlett and Prince William, finally following in his father’s footsteps as chief of Catlett, first from 1991 until 1992, and currently since 2009.
Since taking the role of chief, Kalvyn has helped grow the department from just a few members in a small firehouse to what it is today: a company with more than 60 members. He has been part of countless committees for the county and Catlett Fire & Rescue. He has also used his more than 30 years of experience as a career firefighter to assist in the growth of Fauquier County’s fire and rescue system.
Now retired from Prince William County, he and his wife, Lisa, run Nolanda Farm in Catlett. He also helps his son, Kraig, with his dairy operation in Calverton. So if you can't find Kalvyn on a Catlett Rescue engine, he is most likely sitting on a tractor or milking “the ladies.”
Kalvyn IS Catlett. Kalvyn is the epitome of Cedar Run volunteerism. His community IS his life. He believes in helping neighbors, being there for others in the best of times and the worst of times, and lending a hand whenever needed. He is fair and caring and talks about his community as if he were talking about a friend.
For these reasons and many more, it is my privilege and honor to select Kalvyn Smith as Cedar Run’s 2016 person of the year.
Ursula Baxley Marshall District
Text of Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel’s prepared remarks
Ursula Baxley is the volunteer face of Marshall.
For 25 years, she was the community volunteer coordinator for the American Red Cross blood drive in Marshall. She sent out postcard reminders, organized volunteers and helped prepare refreshments and over the years donated 124 pints of her own blood.
She is a familiar face on election days, when she serves as a poll worker, greeting voters, checking addresses and working 15-hour days at the Marshall precinct.
She is a long-term member of the Marshall Business & Residents Association, of which she has served as board member, president and is currently serving as treasurer.
She was part of the citizen group that work on the Marshall Comprehensive Plan and served on the committee that helped develop draft of the Marshall Code.
She is very active in the Leeds Episcopal Church, where she has been a women’s delegate to the diocese, served on the Vestry Board and as the national president of the Church Periodical Club, which raises funds and provides books worldwide. She and other members of the Episcopal Church women’s group have, among other activities, provided meals to many community functions, including the Leeds Ruritan Club, and those dinners make that one of my favorite meetings!
She is a Colonial Dame and is a past president of the Alexandria Committee. She is a member of the Blue Ridge Garden and the Piedmont Flower clubs, of which she is a past president.
But most of all, she is known and loved for her warm personality, willingness to help whenever and where ever needed, and her dedication to the Marshall community. But best of all, she well known for her wonderful laugh.
I am honored to introduce Ursula Baxley as the Marshal District Person of the Year.
Bob Mosier Scott District
Supervisor Holder Trumbo selected Bob Mosier, a veteran police officer and security consultant, who won election as Fauquier County sheriff in November 2015 and took office in January.
“Bob has stepped in and done a great job,” Mr. Trumbo said. “Law enforcement has it tough, especially in 2016, and he has not only done what he said he would do, but he’s done it very well.
“I hear everywhere I go that citizens are pleased with the job he is doing and, as a result, folks feel good about our community.
“Bob is everywhere, and he is so approachable and easy to talk with that people feel very comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns. And I have seen him follow up consistently.”
Mr. Trumbo added: “Confidence in your sheriff makes a big difference in rural counties, because he is generally the most visible public official and Bob has, in my opinion, gained the public’s trust and respect. That is good for Fauquier.”
Quentin Jones Center District
Supervisor Chris Granger selected Fauquier High School head cross country/track coach and special education teacher.
“People have been reaching out to me the past couple of months — including former students — and saying you ought to consider ‘Coach Q’ for Citizen of the Year,” Mr. Granger said.
He described Mr. Jones “one of those people that just works behind the scenes.”
The supervisor credited the educator in particular for his working with young people, including the organization of summer track camps and his contributions to vacation Bible school at Warrenton Presbyterian Church.
“You’re the type of person the the community’s built on — a stand-up guy,” Mr. Granger said in presenting the award Thursday night.