Obituaries (1911-1920)

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Marion Hunter Douglass (1878-1917)

The Richmond Planet, November 10, 1917 (New from Roanoke, Virginia)

PFC Willie L. Lee (1890-1918)

Card Register of Burials of Deceased American Soldiers (NAID 6943087)

World War Veteran Buried in Suffolk – The funeral services of Willie Lee, private in the A. E. F., whose body arrived from France Friday, were held this afternoon….at the Pine Street Baptist church. The interment was made with military honors, a company of service men having charge of the burial rites. The barbers also attended the services in a body and a company of former members of the colored branch of the Red Cross, of which the mother of the deceased was a prominent worker, were present.


Interment was made in Oaklawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, January 15, 1921

The funeral services of Willie L. Lee, who was killed in action in France October 6, 1918, were held at the Pine Street Baptist church Sunday, December 9th, at 2 p. m. Rev. T. J. Johnson, the pastor, conducted the services. The body was given a military burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The remains were also escorted by the members of the Barbers Union, of which Mr. Lee was a member before entering the service.


The Red Cross Society was well represented, since his mother, Mrs. J. C. Lee, was a very active officer of the same. Young Mr. Lee was a young man of most lovable disposition. In spite of the storm of Sunday many of his friends attended the funeral services. He was the first son of Nansemond county to fall in action for his country.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, January 15, 1921

PFC Willie L. Lee was the son of Malinda Lee, also interred in Oak Lawn Cemetery. PFC Willie Lee was killed in action on October 4, 1918, and was buried in the American Cemetery at La Courtine (Creuse) France, on October 6, 1918 (the Norfolk Journal and Guide reported the date of death as October 6, 1918).

PFC Willie L. Lee was disinterred for removal to the United States on October 19, 1920, and shipped to Bordeaux, France, arriving on October 23, 1920. From Bordeaux, France, his remains were shipped to Hoboken, New Jersey, arriving on December 15, 1920, aboard the USS Wheaton. On January 6, 1921, over two years after his decease, his remains were received in Suffolk, Virginia, by his mother, Malinda Lee. To date, the headstones of PFC Willie L. Lee and Malinda Lee have not yet been found in Oak Lawn Cemetery.