Brenda Olivia Lee

Sunrise: June 14, 1959

Sunset: January 10, 2021

Brenda Lee was born June 14, 1959 in Portsmouth, VA to Ervin Lee (D) and Gorgeous Lee (D).  She grew up in Mount Hermon and went on to attend Churchland High School.  She enjoyed early morning shopping trips to the markets, garage sales and she had to have her coffee for the road.  Brenda loved to dress up for any occasion especially church on Sunday mornings.


Brenda was the encourager.  She motivated you to follow your heart and dreams and gave her opinions along the way.  She loved to sing and give singing lessons and always reminded you of her voice from “back in the day.”  You could talk to Brenda about anything and tell her what was on your mind and she was always accepting no matter the circumstance.  She loved to spend time with family but most of all her grandchildren whom she loved dearly.  She was the understanding mother, the praying sister, the cool aunt and the loving grandmother all in one.

Brenda loved God and studied the word often.  She could quote bible verses easily and quickly put them into context.  She wouldn’t mind telling you what was on her heart or in her spirit.  She often spoke of prayer and forgiveness and shared her stories whenever she was led to do so.  Brenda was thoughtful in prayer and in giving.  If you needed something and she had it, it was yours. Her love, compassion and warmth will be deeply missed

Brenda leaves behind two sons, Durelle Lee and Juan Lee, a daughter in law, Felicia Lee, three grandchildren, Niya Elliott-Lee, Ny’Jai Scott-Lee, Ah’Mazyn Lee, six siblings, Earl Watts, Vina Watts, Angela Lee, Angelo Lee, Charles Lee, Cathy Lee and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins that she loved dearly.


Viewing Monday, January 18, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Olive Branch Cemetery Cpl J M Williams Avenue Portsmouth, VA 23701 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Patricia Grimes Short says

    Remember if God takes you to a situation he will carry you through it.
    Cousin Pat Grimes Short

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      THALIA ADAMS says

      My prayers go out to the family I have very fond memories of Brenda she was a great woman of God and very funny she had a great sense of humor and she truly loved her friend Karen and she also befriended me and I enjoyed fellowshipping with her and services she really love the Lord she went from labor to reward rest on my sister

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    Annette Hunter says

    My prayers and condolences to the Watts and Lee family. Brenda Lee, you will be missed and loved always.

    Your Annette Hunter

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    Angelo D Lee says

    To my beloved sister you are home now no more pain or hurt . you will be most definitely missed, your words of encouragement, your fortitude, that smile you always share with others to pick them up when ever they’re in crisis . You’re going to be okay in the hands God. Another one of his Angels to cover us all.

    With all my heart and Love Be Blessed Sis


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    Michele Staten says

    To my cousins Vina, Earl, Angela, Angelo, Cathy and Charles, my prayers and thoughts are with during this time. To Juan and Durelle, I prayer that God will be your comfort. May God bless you.
    Michele Maben Staten

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    Alysia Bowman Allen says

    God Bless you cousin Brenda. May you rest eternally in the arms of the Almighty. My prayers and condolences go out to my cousins for the loss of their sister. Sending hugs and kisses to all of you. Brenda was a rock and so funny. Love the Bowman Allen family.

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    Sandra Bishop says

    I am sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. It is ironic that I just posted a picture on her Facebook page of our graduation class from kindergarten last month. I pray God’s healing and comfort over your family as you adjust to the transitioning of your loving mother, sister, aunt and friend.

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