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Date published: 5/8/2014

T. Eldred Lee Jr.

T. Eldred Lee Jr., 94, of Fredericksburg, a former member of the City Council, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at his home.

He was chairman emeritus and past owner of Lee-Curtis Insurance Service, Fredericksburg.

Mr. Lee was born Sept. 7, 1919, at Shiloh in King George County, the only son of Thomas E. Lee Sr. and Elizabeth G. Lee. He was a 1937 graduate of King George High School. He attended several business schools. Mr. Lee was the first to be drafted from King George County prior to World War II. He served five years in the U.S. Army during World War II, including combat in the South Pacific.

Mr. Lee entered the insurance business in 1949, after graduation from insurance school. In 1957, Mr. Lee and his wife, Nannie Curtis Lee, purchased W.E. Curtis from his father-in-law, William Curtis. The business today is known as Lee-Curtis, Freeman, Graves and Hall Insurance. During his insurance career, he was active in many insurance associations. He was founding member and former trustee of the Certified Professional Insurance Agents Society, known as the CPIA. He was past president of the Fredericksburg Association of Life Underwriters, and received their Underwriter of the Year Award. He was past president of the Professional Insurance Agents Association of Virginia and D.C., and received their Agent of the Year Award. Mr. Lee was also bestowed honorary membership of the association. During his career he served as an agent adviser to many insurance companies.

Mr. Lee was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, a lifetime deacon, Sunday school teacher and served as the church treasurer for 24 years. He served as trustee of several Baptist institutions and schools and as moderator of the Baptist Association of Fredericksburg. He was elected to and served on the Baptist General Board of Virginia.

Mr. Lee served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, was a past board member of the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. and served on the Fredericksburg Stafford Park Authority, Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation Commission and the Vocational Educational Advisory Board of the Fredericksburg City Schools.

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