Richard Vincent Lee

March 7, 1924December 26, 2013
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Richard Vincent Lee Mr. Lee, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2013. He was born March 7, 1924 in Charleston, WV, son of the late Ivan Richard Lee and Pattie Keeney Lee. Veteran of World War II. He served as Technical Sergeant in the US Army in Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and with Patton’s Third Army in the European Theatre. A member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Joined J.A. Jones Construction Company in 1946 on post-war military projects on Okinawa and on the reactivation of the Richland, Washington, Hanford Atomic Bomb plant. He also served as the Director of Personnel, Safety and Labor Relations and retired as the Vice President of Industrial Relations and Corporate Services. In 1985, Governor James G. Martin appointed him as State Personnel Director in Raleigh, NC, which continued to March, 1993. He was named “Tarheel of The Week” by the Raleigh News and Observer and was the recipient of the Annual Award of Excellence presented by the International Personnel Management Association at Ottawa, Canada. Dick and his wife, Jenny, were members of Christ Lutheran Church and have been patrons and supporters of Opera Carolina, Opera Guild of Charlotte, Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, American Heart Association, Arthritis Foundation, Guild of Charlotte Artists, Junior Woman’s Club and Queen City Woman’s Club. Dick was also a professional musician, playing saxophone and clarinet in musical organizations since 1939, including dance bands in the “Big Band” era. He became a member of the Oasis Shriners in 1960, joining the Shrine Marching Band and Stage Band and advancing to Captain. In 1988 he was named a Life Member of Oasis Temple, a Veteran Member of the Oasis Band and a Life Member of the Red Fez Shrine Club on Lake Wylie where he had served as a Board Member and President in the 1970’s. He was a 50-year Mason and member of Temple Lodge No. 676, the Scottish Rite, and the Royal Order of Jesters Court No. 109, all in Charlotte. He was a member of the North Carolina Society of Sons of The American Revolution, First Families of Ohio, and was a Founding Director of the Providence Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Nordman Lee; three sons: Richard V. Lee, Jr., Thomas E. Lee and David E. Lee of Rock Hill, SC; four daughters: Marian Lee Wilson of Rock Hill, Janet Batchelor of Charlotte, Candice Lee Henry of Chattanooga, TN and Kristin Lee Moon of Crozet, VA; sixteen grandchildren: Chelsea Eichorn, Meredith, Richard III, and Austin Lee of Rock Hill; David, Jr., Michael and Jennifer Lee of Rock Hill; Christopher and Erick Lee of Rock Hill; Jeffrey and Connie Wilson of Rock Hill; Jenna Batchelor of Charlotte; Blake Norton and Eliza Henry of Chattanooga; Lucas and Ryder Moon of Crozet. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm at McEwen Pineville Chapel. The family will hold a private funeral service and interment.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Childrens Hospitals, C/O Oasis Temple.


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Bernadette Rama-Chappell

June 26, 2017

Dick and Jenny welcomed me one summer in 1981, at their home at Sharon Road; I was so happy with Jenny, Dick, Kristin, Candice and Janet ;
so sad for the whole Lee Family ; I will always remember you !
Bernadette, Toulouse, France.

Greg Lee

May 18, 2014

The man had a tremendous impact on me at 31. We met for the first time in Michigan, in 1991. We came together to say goodbye to my father and Uncle Dick's brother. Those days that I was honored to spend with Uncle Dick, were life changing. We spent many hours talking, well mostly he talked and I listened. :-) He had a calm, assured wisdom that spoke to a broken young man's heart. I am forever grateful, that after all the years that had passed, I got to meet a truly dignified, loving, and caring man in my Uncle Dick. My condolences to you all for the loss of a such a great human being.

Greg and Ronda Lee

John Gwin

January 17, 2014

Cousin Kristin and all the Lees and their families,
I regret that I never had the privilege of knowing your dad, husband, and grandfather, but I'm so glad that you contacted me this week, Kristin, and that we've been able to draw the expanded family in a little closer. Dick was my second cousin, since his maternal grandfather, Uri Keeney, and my maternal grandfather, Mack Keeney, were brothers. Father, in Jesus' name, please comfort the hearts of these dear family members and draw them close to Yourself.

linda Smith

January 4, 2014

May our Father in Heaven give you peace, and comfort you all at this difficult time of loss! Keep your eyes on Jesus, HE will bring you through! Aunt linda

January 2, 2014

To the Lee family - I've read many wonderful true words about Dick in previous thoughts written in this guest book ... Dick was such a fine man and a person I've always been proud to call my friend. Blessings to each member of his family who cared for this special person as you go through these next days. Sincerely, Marjorie Lee Wright

Ronald Nordman

January 1, 2014

So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a fine,bright ,gifted and kind man

Sally Williams

December 31, 2013

Dear Jenny and Family,
I know your heart is hurting but I know you must have many great memories of Dick. He was a very charming and loving man and a man who was very loved. You and the family are in my prayers.
Sally Williams

Terry, Carrie, and Noah Henderson

December 30, 2013

We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
We send you thoughts of comfort.

Terry and Jim Huntley

December 30, 2013

Dearest Jenny and Family,
Jim and I send our sympathy to each one of you at this time. We hold so dear the memories of Dick and will always have a smile on our face when we recall his fabulous rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas as he played his sax and had Mrs. Clause dance around after him at the Queen City Women's Club Christmas Parties!!!
These are the memories to cherish and we know you have so many of your own . May God bring you peace in your heart for a live well spent and loved by many.

Stephanie Holmes

December 30, 2013

Jenny, Janet, Candace, Kristin and family: You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.