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Morris Lee

Morris Lee

Sunday, October 8th, 1933 - Thursday, May 9th, 2019
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On May 9, 2019, Morris Lee of Chesapeake Virginia, entered into eternal rest surrounded by his loving and devoted wife, daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Morris Lee was 85 years old.
A native of Hartsville, South Carolina, Morris was born on October 8, 1933. He is predeceased by his parents Otis Lee Sr. and Gerthenia Lee, two sisters, Jedell Lee and Mildred Chancy and one brother, Otis Lee Sr.
At an early age, Morris matriculated to Norfolk, Virginia with his family and began his educational career throughout the Norfolk Public School System. After completing his primary and middle school years, Morris attended Booker T. Washington High School and graduated in 1953. Upon completion of his tenure in high school, he began designing his own blueprint for success by first receiving a scholarship to attend a Historical Black College and University formally known as Hampton Institute. Morris pursued his passion and majored in architectural design and completed a 5 year Architectural Design/Engineering Program.
After successfully graduating from Hampton Institute now known as Hampton University, Morris was enlisted into the United States Army in September of 1958 and received an honorable discharge in 1960. After serving his country, Morris began his career in the early years working for Livas & Associates, a local minority architectural firm. Expounding upon his experience, he obtained employment with The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and was instrumental in the design of several army structures on various army facilities, renovations to St. John’s A.M.E. Church and contributed to upgrading restroom accommodations for St. Pauls’ United Methodist Church. Morris worked with the Army Corps of Engineers for 36 years.
In February 1969, he met the love of his wife Edith Hewitt and after a brief courtship; they were married on July 19, 1969. In 1977, they welcomed their first and only child, Tamatha Terrell Lee. Together in love, they were able to build their first home in Virginia Beach, Virginia and later in 1983 they moved to Chesapeake, Virginia.
Morris was previously active in the BTW High School Alumni, St. Paul’s UMC Choir, instrumental in coordinating St. Paul’s UMC Yard Sales, United Methodist Men and most recent years monetarily donating to Second Calvary Baptist Church’s Youth Kenya fund.
In the last 10 years of his journey on earth, he was faced with many health challenges. He was a warrior of Multiple Myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow), Diabetes, Kidney Disease, an amputation and most recently a heart attack. With God’s grace and mercy, he endured Dialysis and Chemotherapy treatments. Throughout his life and no matter what he was faced with, he always remained faithful in his belief in God and fought with dignity, demonstrated determination, strength, and perseverance.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 49 years Edith Hewitt Lee, a daughter Tamatha Hall (Kevin), a son Morris Brown (Leola); two sisters, Katie Gayton and Carolyn Daniels (Calvin); one brother Harold Lee (Shirley); two grandchildren Laiya Tamia Hall and Kevin Solomon Hall. He also leaves to cherish extended family and friends Brenda and Angela Holley, Cynthia Crawley, Judith Caldwell (Edward); Carla Howard-Perkins (Hamilton), Hamilton Perkins Jr., Jason Crawley (Arkitia); Matthew Crawley, Evan H. Johnson (Kevin); Butch Bowser (Virgie) ; William Mann (Charlie); Karen and Johnny Kearse, Shirley Pegram (Clarence); Tinesha Lamb (Jean Pascal); Lauryn Lamb, Donald Miles (Faye); Benjamin Smiley (Veronica); Ronald (Joyce) Myers Annette Jarrett (Kevin); Mary Fuselier (Kendall) as well as a host of relatives and wealth friends.
He was a devoted Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Friend and a dedicated Community Servant.
The family would like to express sincere gratitude to Dr. Scott Cross & Barbara Piper, Fresenius Kidney Care, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Dr. Patrick Agnew, and Compassionate Hospice Care.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to American Association for Diabetes, Multiple Myeloma, National Kidney Foundation and Second Calvary Baptist Church Kenya Missions.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Second Calvary Baptist Church
    2940 Corprew Ave
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 3:00pm
    Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
    5310 Milner's road
    Suffolk, VA 23434
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Drs S and Marie Manickavasagar and Ravi Manickavasagar

Posted at 11:51am
Edith Tammy and family
Having met Morris for the first time in 1983 when your family first moved to Chesapeake. we were impressed by his soft spoken and kind demeanor when we met and interacted in the courtyard. Over the years he faced many health battles courageously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family who is left behind to cherish his memory

Roxanne Risby

Posted at 03:24pm
May you take comfort from Gods promise to reunite us with our loved ones by means of the resurrection. John 5:28,29.

E Brooks

Posted at 01:11pm
Greetings Mrs. Edith, Tammy and Family; May God Bless you all as you remember your love one and may the Peace of GOD give your comfort during this time. Continue to Trust God and know he will see you through.
Evette, Ron and Korey Brooks

katie Gayton

Posted at 03:20pm
We will miss our dear brother, no one really know the pain each of us suffer when we lose someone we love so much. BUT there is comfort Jehovah gives us from his word the Bible at 2 Corinthians 1: 2-4. I just want to thank my sister-law Edith and my niece Tammi for all the love and excellent care they gave to my brother. I will always love you all and I am here to help you in any way I can. John 5: 28-29. AGAPE Katie Gayton

Allison Wade Gillikin

Posted at 06:17pm
Many years ago my family and i started at st. Pauls United Methodist Church we were greated with open arms from all. But 2 beautiful people took us in and we call them mom and pops. Often we joked about the cowboys and broncos.Pops we will miss you dearly you were such a fighter you had a heart of gold. Many prayers and hugs to mom and family. Blessings to all the Gillikin family

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