Clarence Paul Lee was born on September 30, 1937, in Bena, Virginia, to the late Charlie C. Lee, Jr. and Bernice Phillips Lee. After a peaceful start to the day, he departed this life on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
Clarence attended the Bena Hayes School and graduated from T.C. Walker High School. He was a life-long member of the First Morning Star Baptist Church in Bena, VA, where he served as Superintendent of the Sunday School, Chair of the Deacons Board, on the Church Building Committee, and Missionary Ministry. He was also a Trustee, Church Treasurer, and member of the Men's and Senior Choir, and a Sunday School Teacher. In 2019, he received recognition for 70 years of service to First Morning Star Baptist Church.
In 1959, Clarence united in marriage to his life-long mate, Alma Christine Scott Lee of Grafton, Va.
After graduating from high school, Clarence joined the Army Reserves in 1957 and served for four years. He started his career working as a Pipefitter at the Newport News Shipbuilding, followed by employment at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and retired from the Naval Weapon Station as a Lead Quality Inspection Specialist.
Clarence was the fifth of eight children born to the late Charlie & Bernice Lee. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Viola Foster, Waldron Lee, and Lawrence Lee. His remaining siblings, Pernell Lee, Rose Lewis, Alberta Jackson, and John Lee, will continue to remember him for all the things he did throughout the years. He had a quiet demeanor and was an avid sports fan. He loved and supported all of the Washington franchise teams, especially the Washington Football team. His favorite things to do were work in the yard and doing things for others. His motto was, "If I can help someone along the way, then I know my living will not have been in vain." He was known for showing a genuine concern for others and a willingness to help anyone.
He was a devoted husband of 62 years who loved his wife unconditionally and admired her for being a woman of God and the pillar of the family. He loved being a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He spent his entire life working in the church, the community, and being a provider for his family.
He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Alma, children; Gwendolyn, Vincent (Donita), Clarence (Evelyn, deceased), and Kimberly, nine grandchildren; Andre, Anthony, Aaron, Derek, Lamar, Clarence Anthony Jr., Rau' Shanah, Erika, and Michele, seven great-grandchildren; Elijah, Akira, Ava, Ayanna, Kya, Tychele, and Joy, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to everyone for the many acts of kindness, love, and support extended to them during their time of loss.
A Livestream service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at whitingsfuneralhome.com. Interment to follow in First Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Lee may be viewed from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.
Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting’s Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011 whitingsfuneralhome.com
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