Lee O. McDuffie

Sunrise: April 17, 1945

Sunset: November 25, 2018


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.

Viewing Friday, November 30, 2018 Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Family Receiving Friends Friday, November 30, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, December 1, 2018 1:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran's Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Cathalene Babineaux says

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of your father. It was an honor to have known such a good man. I will truly miss him and his friendship. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    I’m keeping your family in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you all.

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      Mrs V Counts says

      RIP Otis from all your friends in the Turks & Caicos Islands & The Counts Family in Virginia Beach..
      Will always be in our hearts???

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    Vickie Kennedy says

    The Calista Crew will miss your Dad! He was a good neighbor and friend. We have some great memories of him. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Vickie Kennedy and Otis Etheridge

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    Sharon Kelly Green says

    My condolences to the Mc Duffie family from the Malloy and Kelly family in Bennettsville, SC. Lee was a devoted and dear friend who felt more like family. He will truly be missed and we will always cherish his warmth and kindness.

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    The McPhatter Family says

    Our Deepest Sympathy to the McDuffie Family! We had the pleasure of knowing Lee for many years and he was a part of our family, where unconditional love was a true gift. Our mom throught of Lee as a son, for he was kind-hearted, with a sweet gentle spirit. May God mend your broken hearts and grant you peace, while treasuring the memories. Lee is now resting in the arms of Jesus.
    Love, The McPhatter Family

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    Charlotte Smith says

    It was an honor to know and serve with CWO4 McDuffie. He was a dear friend and fine shipmate to many. I will always treasure his words of advice and miss his ready smile. My prayers are with your family and you have my sincere condolences in the loss of this good man.

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    Mert Spalding says

    My condolence to the McDuffie family, we all have loss a Great Man, a father, uncle and a Great friend. I will miss our motorcycle rides throughout the roads of Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina as we did many times. Mac was a good person to talk to about anything and gave good advice. I will keep my shinny side up and I know you will too. You will Truly be Missed……. A Great Friend…Mert Spalding

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    Demetria P. Thomas says

    To the entire McDuffie Family,
    Words are so inadequate at a time like this. May God hold you in His arms and heal the sorrow that you feel. I am sharing in your sorrow and offering deepest sympathy.
    A dear friend and classmate (1963) Demetria Purvis Thomas & Family.

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    Ron & Jacqueline Porter says

    To the family: Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Otis was an incredible man with a beautiful & caring spirit! May God grant you peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. With love,
    Ron & Jacqueline Porter

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    Howard Quick Jr. and Family says

    To the McDuffie Family,

    We share in the loss of your father, grandfather, brother, uncle and my God Brother. Though we are unable to attend, please know our prayers, deepest Love and Sympathy are with you today. Otis a great man to be admired will be missed by all. His greatest gifts and qualities he leaves with us is his love and support of family and friends. Family take comfort in knowing you were number one to Otis.

    Howard Quick & Family


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    LCDR Eddie B. Brinson, Jr., USN (Ret) says

    To the McDuffie family. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Bos’n McDuffie (as I knew him) we served together onboard the USS Lexington. I was a young, junior sailor; he was senior, and he set an example for a lot of us young sailors to follow! A leader to emulate, someone who looked like me. May he rest in peace. I’m grateful for his service to our nation, and grateful to have had the opportunity to know him, and serve with him. I pray God, will comfort the McDuffie family in your moment of grief.

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    Catrina Redfield says

    My condolence to the Mc Duffie Family, May my shipmate rest in peace. We served together aboard the USS Lexington, he was a big inspiration in my naval career. Giving me direction in what path i should take. Even after retiring we still kept in touch. My heart is heavy, he will be missed.
    Prayers and Blessings to the Family

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