Lee Edward Williams

January 26, 2022
Lee Edward Williams

Lee Edward Williams, 85, passed away in Williamsburg, Virginia on January 26, 2022. Lee was born May 2, 1936 in Lunenburg County, Kenbridge, Virginia. His parents were Ralph and Maude Williams. Lee was one of nine children and was raised on a tobacco farm with his family as sharecroppers.
It was there that he acquired his strong work ethic and determination to complete a task;
two characteristics that were only second in importance to his family and friends.

As the “Mayor of York Street” in Williamsburg, Lee owned and operated an Exxon (Esso) service
station for more than twenty-five years. After a very brief retirement, Lee operated a convenience store, Williams Mobile Mart, for ten more years. He retired in 2004 at the age of 68. Many of his
employees and customers became lifelong friends.

Lee was an active member of the Williamsburg community his entire life. He supported both youth and adult organizations whenever called upon. Little League baseball, adult softball at Quarterpath Park, summer camps, and school and church functions could always rely on his contributions both physically and financially. Helping to prep baseball fields, cutting firewood for campers at the 4-H Club, and leading auctions for CDR fundraisers were a few of the many ways he contributed to his community.

While investing in his community was important to him, Lee most enjoyed time with his family and friends. If he was not eating at a local buffet or making homemade ice cream, you could find him hunting, fishing, camping, growing vegetables, or at the beach. He began riding motorcycles at the young age of 70! Lee and friend, Al Brenick, took a cross country motorcycle trip a few years later. There aren’t too many roads in the country that Lee has not traveled, be it on his motorcycle,
towing a boat, or in one of the many cars he owned over the years. In retirement, most trips
seemed to lead to Atlantic City or Las Vegas.

Lee was a regular at many Williamsburg events and restaurants. Colonial Pancake House, with the Prassas family, is where many friends, as well as his grandchildren, could visit with him over the years. The annual family reunion in July was one of the most important events in his life for decades.

Lee is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Kimberly Hope Britt Williams. His sons Michael (Lisa), Ted, and Joe Williams, his “favorite” daughter Helen (Troy) Lapetina, and their mother Sue G Williams. Grandchildren Brandon (Allegra) Lapetina, Jason (Jamie) Lapetina, Bryce (Taylor) Williams, “favorite” granddaughter Addie Williams. Four great grandchildren Lucy, Cooper, Nathan, and Molly Lapetina. A very special nephew Aaron (Rodelle) Williams and their children Dylan, Caitlin and Andrew, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his sisters Louise Hill, Lucille Reese and Linda (Bill) Spence, brothers Lewis, Leland and Linwood (Dee) Williams, daughter-in-law Paula Lynn, and sisters-in-law
Mary Ann Googins, Edwina Gill and Kathy McKnight.

Preceded in death include his parents, brother Lawrence (Frances) Williams and infant sister Lillian. Brothers-in-law, Dick Hill and Norman Reese. Sisters-in law Hazel C Williams, Hazel T Williams
and Betty E Williams.

A memorial service and reception will be held at Williamsburg Community Chapel
Saturday, February 19th, 2022, at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Jamestown 4-H Club Educational Center
3751 4-H Club Road
Williamsburg VA 23185

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  • January 28, 2022
    W. Scott Mowry says:
    Lee was larger than life to those that knew him… work, family, and his community were his well placed priorities… the closer you were to him the more he “pushed” you but it was always in the right direction. Lee was always working for a good cause and good outcomes. A self made man that I respect greatly. My sincerest condolences to the family that is his legacy.

  • January 28, 2022
    Teresa Clem Carver says:
    Oh the many times we heard Lee's name Daddy would have a huge grin on his face. Of course, Lee would pass away on the same day 8 years later than George Clem. Imagine the reunion in heaven. Hope, keeping you, family & friends in my prayers!!!

  • January 29, 2022
    Richard Mahone says:
    To Helen, Troy and the great Williams Family, Words cannot adequately express the affection our family have for Lee. He was "Uncle" Lee to me and was always there with a smile and kind words. He never met a stranger and the Wakefield Shad Planking trips will never be the same without him. I'm sure Lee and my Dad are telling stories, throwing horse shoes and having a drink right now. Williamsburg and the Commonwealth have lost a legend and great citizen. We were lucky and blessed to have had him in our lives.

  • January 30, 2022
    Tiena Kusmira says:
    I was so sorry to hear of Lees passing. I remember him always having a big smile on his face and very friendly. Prayers for the family.

  • January 31, 2022
    Diane Lindsey Postman says:
    I never called him Lee. To me he was Mr. Williams, dad of 2 friends, Ted and Mike. He always greeted me with a smile. My favorite memory is the time that I drove my parents' Ford Torino into the gas station. It was a big, clunky car and I was a new driver. I was more focused on seeing Ted than seeing where I was going. Before I knew it, I had hit a gas pump! Luckily it only did minor damage to the pump and no damage to the tank I was driving. But the point of this story is that Mr. Williams did not get mad and did not ask me to pay for the damage. Instead, he laughed at seeing this young girl do something so odd. I panicked but he put me at ease. You will be missed, Mr. Williams. Hugs and sympathy to Ted and Mike.