Zed Odell Lee Sr.

Zed O. Lee Sr.
Chesapeake - Zed Odell Lee, Sr., 93, of the 1000 block of Santeetlah Ave., died Oct. 26, 2012. He was born in Gadston, AL on Oct. 3, 1919, and was raised in Leeds, AL, and was the son of the late Willis Luther and Gene Hayes Lee; and stepmother, Jessie Mae Lee.
Mr. Lee worked in the coal mines and cotton fields of Alabama before joining the Navy in 1941 and fighting in WWII. He was stationed mainly on the USS Grayson during the war. He won many awards while serving his country.
After 20 years in the Navy he retired and then went to work at the Post Office carrying mail, working his way up to Superintendent of the Deep Creek Station. Many accommodations were awarded Mr. Lee in the 18 years in the post office. After retiring from the Post Office he then went into real estate working at Higgins Realty on Indian River Rd. He was a salesman of the Month many times. He also served on the Planning Commission for the City of Chesapeake and was on the Community Service Board.
He worked very hard all his life especially after having a family. Zed Lee was a very strong yet very kind man who loved his family with every part of his soul and anyone who met him became an instant friend. He was an example to every person he met and left his life accomplished and fulfilled.
Importantly, he loved his wife, who was by his side when he passed, in the way everyone hopes to be loved, unconditionally and fully. Like his grandson, Larry Murphy, Jr. has always said about his grandfather, "He is my hero".
He will be missed by those he loved, each of whom thank God for his life and peaceful passing.
He is survived by his wife, Antoinette Lucia Lee; daughters, Nina Lee Hatstat and husband Pete Hatstat and Diana Lee McLemore and husband Tom McLemore; grandchildren, Larry Michael Murphy, Jr. and wife Elaine Murphy, Christy Lee Murphy, Blake Andrew Murphy, George L. "Trey" Hanbury III and wife Suzanna Kang, Melissa Hanbury Self and husband Jeff Self; and great grandchildren, Madison Michelle Murphy, Ella Sophia Murphy, Amelia Lee Hanbury, Nathaniel George Hanbury, Cameron Lee Self and Dylan Scott Self.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will be private. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.


Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 28, 2012