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02/19/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Walter Lee

Walter Hugh Lee, Jr.
(d. 13 Feb 2014)

Newport News High School Class of 1936

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have more sad news today.      Walter Lee, Class of 1936, husband of Evelyn Smith Lee (Hampton HS - '42), passed away in Memorial Regional Hospital in Mechanicsville on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the age of 96. 

From Bob Burns ('58) of VA - 02/19/14 - "  WALTER LEE 1936 NNHS GRADUATE":

Dear Carol, 

..Regretfully I have another obituary of a former NNHS student to post. Walter Lee, Class of 1936, passed away on the morning of February 13th. at Regional Memorial Hospital. Walter and his Wife Evelyn had recently moved from Hampton to the Masonic Home in Richmond. Here is Walter's Obituary:

A memorial service, with Masonic Rites, will be conducted at 2 P.M. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at St. Tammany Lodge No. 5 (1456 W. Queen Street, Hampton, VA).  The memorial service for Brother Lee will be held in the upstairs lodge room, to followed by a reception in the downstairs social hall. 
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in Brother Walter Lee's name to either the Masonic Home of Virginia or to Monitor Lodge No. 197. 
The family of Walter Lee, and the Brethren of Monitor Lodge No. 197, wish to convey heartfelt thanks to Wor. Grant Hall and St. Tammany No. 5 for hosting this memorial service for our departed brother. 
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Wor. Joe Grist
Monitor Lodge No. 197
I met Walter and Evelyn thru a friend who had known them as a child thru her parents. Walter and Evelyn were full of life and quite knowledgeable of current events and local history. Evelyn was a Smith who had graduated from Hampton HS Class of 1942. In a conservation I told Walter I was also a NNHS Graduate, Class of 1958. Walter then gave me a small book of 32 pages. The title is HIGH TIDE. Handwritten on the cover is:
Walter Lee, 
231 44 St, Newport News, 
1 High Tide, 4 Low H. S.
The first page says "A collection of the creative writing done by the students of Newport News High School." This provides a unique insight of graduating students just before WWII in the City of the WORLD'S GREATEST SHIPYARD...

   Thank you so very much, Bob. You have my condolences on the loss of your friend.

  I've added the High Tide images to our permanent archive on the Odds and Ends page, one of the very oldest pages on our website.

From the Daily Press - 02/19/14:

                         Walter Hugh Lee, Jr.
      HAMPTON - Walter Hugh Lee, Jr. (96) has departed this earthly life and traveled to that land from whence born no traveler returns. Walter now resides in that temple not made with hands eternal in the heavens. Walter departed this life February 13, 2014.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Walter H. Lee Sr. and Bertie Ivy Lee, his sister Doris L. Crumpler and her husband John, and granddaughter, Katie Hobbs.

He is survived by the Love of his life, his Sweetheart and wife of 68 years, Evelyn S. Lee; daughter, Deborah and her husband Bill Hobbs. Walter was most proud of his grandchildren, Nick and Gena Hobbs and great-grandchildren, Kylah, Riley and Brooks.

He also left behind his best friend Wayne Walker and his wife Loretta. Wayne and Walter traveled together, fished together and enjoyed life and Freemasonry together.

Walter Graduated from NNHS in 1936 and retired from NACA/NASA in 1979 after 39 years of service in the Reproduction Department.

Walter Lee

He was a Fifty Year Life Member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, and Monitor Lodge #197 A.F. & A.M. for 39 years where he served as a dedicated member and Tiler for 30 years. He was Member of The Kecoughtan Royal Arch #42 and Tall Cedars of Lebanon Mariners Forest #147. In 1998 Walter was awarded the "Perfect Ashlar" award by the Grand Lodge of Virginia.

Walter gave of himself to all who knew him and helped many people and family members when times were hard. He saw many changes during his lifetime and always did what he could to help his fellow traveler.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of his life will be held, Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2:00pm, St. Tammany Lodge #5 A.F. & A.M., 1456 W. Queen Street, Hampton, VA. Masonic Rites and a reception will follow. Pastor Larry P. Jones of New Hope Pentecostal Holiness Church is officiating.

The family requests that no flowers be sent. Contributions to celebrate Walters's life can be made to The Masonic Home of Virginia, 500 Masonic Lane, Richmond, VA. 23223, memo: Memory of Walter H. Lee Jr. or to Monitor Lodge #197, P.O. Box 3229, Hampton, VA 23663. The family requests you come expecting to celebrate the life of a child of God! View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on February 19, 2014.
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February 19, 2014

So sorry to hear about uncle Lee. He was such a fine, peaceful man who always kept the family tree updated for us all. I will always remember him taking me with Debra to see the REAL Santa in Richmond approx. 196_. That was a trip I will always remember and he has always had a special place in my heart since. Our family has been so blessed to have him. The times at Grandma Smith's house growing up, playing outside with all us cousins while the grown-ups were talking inside were days that I will cherish forever and never forget. God bless you, Walter, and we all know you are with all the others again in God's house. I was so lucky to have you as an uncle with all the others in the those young years and the family influence you instilled. God has truly blessed our family, and may he continue to bless those left behind. Peace be with you all.

~ Jay Smith, Hampton, Virginia

February 19, 2014

Debbie and Bill, so sorry for the loss of your dad. My heartfelt prayers are with you and your family at this time, and may God comfort you thru the days ahead.

~ Sandy Harthzeim Fitch, Hampton, Virginia

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Lee family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by
George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of - 01/13/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Masonic Emblem courtesy of - 06/15/07

Tall Cedars of Lebanon logo courtesy (probably) of - 05/07/08

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