James Lee Mershon
1943 - 2018
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It is with great sadness and grief, the family of Lee Mershon announces his sudden passing in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 8, 2018. He was born July 20, 1943 in Williamsburg, Virginia to the late Faber and Betty Mershon. Lee attended Achilles School, Gloucester High School, and graduated from James Blair High School. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 36 years , Bonnie O'Donnell Mershon, his two daughters, Lisa Langenhennig (Ed ) , Christy Lee Gutierrez (Jose ), grandchildren , Cyle and Clay Langenhennig, Bella Gutierrez, sisters Dottie Dea ( Dave ), Bell-Jo Rodgers , Kay Ainsworth, brother Bill Mershon ( Carolyn ), many nieces and nephews, and his beloved waterskiing family of Virginia and Florida . Lee retired from the family business as co-owner of Stadium Oil Sales, Inc. He continued working as HVAC senior sales engineer for E. T. Lawson of Hampton and Phillips Energy of Gloucester. He served in the US Coast Guard. Lee was an avid water skier and won many state, regional, and national championships. He was a Senior Three Event and Pan- Am judge at waterskiing events and was chief boat driver and chief judge at Nationals. He was a test driver and helped design and approve the ski boat "Ski Centurion" for tournament use. He served on the American Water Ski Association rules committee for many years. Lee found a great deal of pleasure in sky diving, scuba diving, and flying his own airplane. A memorial service will be held Friday November 16th 2pm at Williamsburg United Methodist Church 500 Jamestown Road ,Williamsburg, VA . If you prefer, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity.

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Published in Daily Press on Nov. 15, 2018.
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February 21, 2021
Hi ,I remember Lee met him in 1985 at lake holly and joined the ski centurion promo team 86-89 got to ski his beautiful lake met Bonnie and her duck and went to west palm beach 2 times for the nationals i am truly sorry for your loss .i know i am late to find this out but i have very fond memories and always will.....Tony Calandrelle (Maryland)
Tony Calandrelle
November 16, 2018
So sorry to hear of Lee's passing. Pulled him behind my boat several times back in the day.
Barry Mitchell
November 15, 2018
I am deeply saddened by the news of Lee's passing. The sport of water skiing lost one of our great ones. Lee's accomplishments as a skier, driver, and judge are well known, but Lee was also a great leader in our sport serving on the board of directors, and as an honorary national director. He was instrumental in the roles I went onto within the sport and I am forever grateful. Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed.
Doug Robbins
November 15, 2018
Lee's passing is a great loss to family, friends and the entire water ski community. Lee always had time for others. He will be missed as a friend and ski partner.
The Autore's
November 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.
Tim Eichhorn
November 15, 2018
Fair winds Coastie, RIP.
November 14, 2018
Dearest Bonnie and family, We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear friend Lee. Our deepest sympathy and love goes out to you. Prayers for peace,
Ann and Buddy Lipp
Ann Lipp
November 14, 2018
Lewis and I are so sad at Lee's death...we never know when our lives here on earth will end, but we're sad that we've lost our good friend Lee this early in all our lives. We've known him since 1974 at the Virginia Beach tournament at Lake Trashmore and I've driven many a tournament since then with Lee. He was definitely the "driver of choice"...he was so comfortable in the boat and when the skier saw him to be the driver, they always seemed to relax more because they knew he would always drive them well. But he was such a good friend, too, and we will miss him so much. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this sad time of adjustment. Marie & Lewis Fields
November 14, 2018
Bonnie and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Lee was a great person and always had a smile.i enjoyed watching him ski and he and mike clowning around. He will be missed.
Suzanne Latimer
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