Norris Lee Randolph
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December 19, 1935 - April 9, 2014
Lee Randolph of Smyrna, Delaware, passed away at home on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, after a fierce battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Frances G. Randolph; his children, Walter G. Randolph (of Smyrna, Delaware) and Susan Randolph (of Hockessin, Delaware); and his brother, Jimmy Randolph (of Prattville, Alabama).
A native of Courtland, Alabama, Lee ("Sonny" to hometown friends and family) excelled in school and was named Valedictorian of Hazlewood High School. The first in his family to attend college, he graduated in 1961 from Auburn University, where he met and married Frances Wright Gilbert. A Chemical Engineer, he worked for many years for Gulf Oil Company, traveling extensively, before joining ICI Americas in 1977 and settling in Wilmington, Delaware. Lee retired from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in 1997.
An avid trapshooter for many years, serving as an instructor at Ommelanden Range in New Castle, Lee turned his attention to photography in retirement and enjoyed learning new techniques and technologies. He remained an active member of the Delaware Camera Club and enjoyed taking photo excursions both near and far in search of the perfect shot. He also volunteered as a member of the Steam Team for the Marshall Steam Museum and Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve.
No service will be held, but friends may send memorial contributions to the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve, P.O. Box 61, Yorklyn, DE., 19736; Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE 19711; or the Salvation Army, 400 North Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. To send a condolence letter, please visit www.matthewsbryson.com. Arr. by Matthews-Bryson F.H., Smyrna.
Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home and Cremation Services
123 West Commerce Street Smyrna, DE 19977
Published in The News Journal on Apr. 14, 2014