Owner of Wilson’s hot dog stand dies at 91

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According to Wilson Memorial Service website, the owner of Dick’s Hot Dog Stand, Lee Gliarmis, died at the age of 91.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 4:00 pm at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church on 202 Goldsboro Street East in Wilson.  

A visitation and celebration of Lee’s life will be held following the service at The Elks Club on 2814 Fieldstream Drive North in Wilson. 

Lee, a Wilson native, married the love of his life, Janie Athanas, and they enjoyed 62 years together.  

“Lee Gliarmis is a hero to the Wilson community and to the entire state of North Carolina for all the work he has done in sports and recreation,” said CEO Lynwood Roberson in 2013 when the Frederick E. Turnage Chapter of the American Red Cross honored Gliarmis.

Countless others recognized all he has done to elevate athletics as well as humanitarian efforts in Wilson County.

Lee’s induction into N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 comes closer to acknowledging the breadth and depth of his contributions than any honor he has ever received.

Gliarmis was the owner and operator of Dick’s Hot Dog Stand, established by his father in 1921 and best described as “Wilson’s hub of sports activity.”

Lee’s dream, as a three-sport athlete at UNC-Chapel Hill, was to pursue a career in coaching.

In lieu of a paid coaching career, Lee spent countless hours during his afternoon breaks with his family and coaching multiple youth league sports.  

He helped establish the athletics booster club at Barton College and has been a constant pillar of support for the athletics program at Fike High School.

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