CLIFTON FORGE — Charles Edward Lee, 83, of 912 Girard Avenue, Clifton Forge, entered into eternal rest Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.
He was born to the late Andrew M. Lee and Estella Brown Lee Pack Sept. 12, 1937, in Summers County, W.Va., then moved to Clifton Forge, at an early age.
Charles attended Jefferson School, graduating in 1958.
He was a member of First Baptist Church and was baptized under the leadership of the Rev. James.
After graduating, he moved to New Haven, Conn. and married Maxine Ross.
From this union, four children were born, Keith, Vanessa, Zelia and Hope.
Charles worked numerous jobs in Connecticut, and was a devoted member of Masonic Oriental Lodge No. 6 Prince Hall, becoming worshipful Master in 1989.
He had a love of football, gymnastics, hunting with his dogs and fishing at Cape Rhode Island.
After 46 years, he retired from Detroit Steel in Hamden, Conn. and Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and returned to Clifton Forge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Estella; a daughter, Vanessa Lee; two sons, Anthony “Tony” Ray and Keith Reynolds; two sisters, Mary Byrd and Nina Adelman; and three brothers, Harold Lee, Joe Pack and David Lee.
Charles Lee is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maxine Ross Lee; son, Keith Lee (Elaine); two daughters, Zelia DeLilly (Richard) and Hope Lee; 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; faithful cousins, Martha Wright of Independence, Ky., Diane Smith of West Virginia; nephew, the Rev. Renzo Lee of Richmond; and as well as a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
He will truly be missed. In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.
To send condolences to the family online, please visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com.
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