Robert Isaac “Rock” Lee, Jr., 86, of 124 East Canvasback Drive, (Bells Island) Currituck, NC died Monday, November 25, 2013 at Sentara Barco. Rock was born in Norfolk in 1927 to the late Robert I. Lee and Mamie Lee. He grew up in Raleigh, NC and played baseball for Needham High School and Carolina Trailways semi pro team in 1943. He attended and graduated from Virginia Episcopal School (1943-45) where he made all prep teams in football, basketball and baseball. He entered the Navy July 4, 1945 and played baseball for the Patuxent River Naval Station Marine team. In 1946 he began four years at North Carolina State where he played baseball and graduated with a degree in General Engineering. Later, he received a Master’s degree in the teaching of mathematics at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Lee taught at his alma mater, V.E.S., for thirty-three years, and at Rustburg High School for four years. He was head of the math department at both schools and coached football, basketball and baseball. Two of his football teams won Virginia Prep league titles in 1969 and 1981. The 1969 team was undefeated. He was dedicated to his profession and tried to bring out the best in every student he taught and every player he coached. For twenty-six years he travelled to Lynchburg and was the starting pitcher in the “Rock Lee Alumni Baseball game.”
After retiring from teaching in 1986 he moved to Bells Island. He coached baseball for one year at Knapp Junior High and was a volunteer coach for the Currituck County High School baseball team for four years.
He is survived by his wife, Bettye, and his five children; Linie Frankfort and husband Mac of Lynchburg, VA, Patrick Lee of Ashville, NC, Jodie Patterson and husband Stuart of Williamsburg, VA, Rodney I. Lee and wife Robin of Lynchburg, VA, and Kevin S. Lee and wife Allison of Greensboro, NC; twelve grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held in Langhorne Memorial Chapel at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, VA on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Adam White, Chaplain, VES, officiating. A reception at the school will immediately follow. Memorial gifts in his honor may be sent to Animal Lovers Assistance League, PO Box 61, Maple, NC 27956 or Virginia Episcopal School, 400 Ves Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Lee family. You may express condolences by visiting www.twiforfh.com.Print Obituary & Condolences