CWO-4 LEE O. MCDUFFIE, UNITED STATES NAVY, RETIRED
Chief Warrant Officer Lee O. McDuffie of Chesapeake, VA went to his eternal home on 25 November 2018. Lee was born in Norfolk, VA to a loving, caring, and supportive family. He was preceded in death by his mother Hattie McDuffie, grandmother Luvinia McDuffie, aunt Mary Ellen McDuffie, and three Uncles; Johnnie, Charles and Samuel McDuffie. He grew up in Bennettsville SC, and graduated from East Side High School in 1963. Lee accepted Christ at early age and, after being baptized, he joined the St. James Baptist Church, Bennettsville, SC.
Lee enlisted in the United States Navy on 3 March 1964 and retired on 1 April 1994. Lee advanced from Deck Seaman to Ship’s Boatswain of an aircraft carrier. Some of his other duties included: PCF Advisor (Viet Nam), Instructor (At Sea and Ashore), Master Training Specialist, Craft Master, Barge Ferry Pilot, Command Duty Officer, and Officer in Charge. During his thirty year military career, Lee received numerous Letters of Appreciation/Commendation, awards, and medals.
Lee was a devoted son, nephew, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He leaves to cherish his memory two children: Lee Otis McDuffie Jr. (Autumn), Katrinda A. McDuffie; two sisters Josephine McFadden (Nathanial) and Mary Ellen Davis; five favorite nieces: Carolyn, Katrina, Donica, April and Iva and a host of grandchildren, great nieces and nephews, family and friends.