Owner of 98-year-old hot dog stand dies

WILSON, N.C. (WITN) - The owner of a 98-year-old hot dog stand has died.

Lee Gliarmis died unexpectedly Thursday morning at the age of 91.

He owned Dick's Hot Dog Stand in Wilson, which opened in 1921 by his father.

It draws people from all over the region, whether they're attending a baseball game or simply want to try one of his famous dogs.

Known as an avid sports fan, Gliarmis was inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and helped begin a program to support youth baseball programs throughout Wilson.

His death comes just five weeks after his wife's passing.

Gliarmis' funeral will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church.

The family is asking for donations to the North Carolina Baseball Museum in lieu of flowers.