Thomas LeRoy West Jr.

September 25, 2013
Thomas LeRoy West Jr.

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Thomas LeRoy ìLeeî West, Jr., born March 17, 1923, in Portsmouth, VA he attended Woodrow Wilson High School and of the Newport News Apprentice School. Lee served as a pilot in the Navy Air Corps during World War II. In 1949 he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Perdue University, and was a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering fraternity.

Lee worked 10 years for DuPont in Wilmington, DE, 12 years for Dow Chemical in Williamsburg, and 22 years for the U.S. Navy Dept. in Portsmouth and in Yorktown.

Lee was raised in a Portsmouth Methodist church and then became an active member of the Williamsburg Baptist Church, serving on committees and Board of Deacons for 15 years. He was also a member of the Williamsburg Masonic Lodge #6 and had been a mason for over 50 years. He is preceded in death his sister Sarah Elizabeth West.

Lee is preceded in death by his first wife Mary Elsie.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Leota Brown West ìwho has never known a finer person and will love him dearly foreverî, and his son, Thomas Lindsay West.

A graveside service will be conducted by Rev. Bob Kidd at Williamsburg Memorial Park Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm.

Memorial donations are to be made to Williamsburg Baptist Church 227 Richmond Rd Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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  • September 27, 2013
    Nancy Green says:
    I worked for Lee at the Naval Weapons Station. He was a wonderful boss and I am sure he will be missed by the family. Tommy, he talked of you often. I am sorry for your loss and for his wife's loss.

  • September 26, 2013
    Mary Pope Laboy says:
    My condolences to Tom and Mrs. West with the loss of Mr. West. I remember him as always having a smile and a kind word for the folks at church. My prayers are with the family.

  • September 27, 2013
    Beth Williams Wigley says:
    Tommy, I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Though I haven't seen him in years, I remember him well. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Fondly, Beth