Arthur L. ‘Lee’ Scarborough, 86, cherished his role as an educator

Arthur L. 'Lee' Scarborough
Arthur L. ‘Lee’ Scarborough

Arthur L. “Lee” Scarborough, 86, was born Oct. 14, 1932, in Neptune, New Jersey, and departed his earthly home Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

He was the son of the late Arthur Halsey Scarborough, a career Coast Guard man, and the late Jeannette Vanderhoef Scarborough. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lena Kay McLemore Scarborough.

Lee spent most of his life in Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County. Lee was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Col. Claude Swanson Dodd II and David Thomas Ayscue II; nephew, Claude Dodd III; and niece, Catherine Ayscue.

Lee graduated from Oceana High School in 1951. From June 1951 to June 1954, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, first in recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, and on to infantry training at Camp Pendleton, California. He was selected for service in First Amphibious Tractor Battalion Fleet Marine Force Pacific. In December 1951, Lee joined the 1st marine division in Korea. This military experience took him to Episcopal services in South Carolina, California, Japan on the hoods of jeeps, over the edge of the trench and down the hill into “the valley of the shadow of death.” “Semper Fidelis” was a motto throughout his life.

After his military service commitment, Lee graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1958, and later earned a master’s degree in Education Administration from the College of William & Mary. In 1958, Lee entered service as a teacher in the old Princess Anne County School System. As a teacher he prayed, “Thanks to God for everything and allowing me to serve the youngsters to the best of my abilities, and when I am unable to do that, grant me the wisdom and the grace to get out of the way.” As an educator, Lee taught at Aragona and Pembroke Elementary schools, and served as principal of Pembroke Elementary (1964 to 1969), Virginia Beach Junior High (1961 to 1981), Lynnhaven Junior High (1981 to 1984), and the Career Development Center (CDC) (1984-1993) an at-risk high school in Virginia Beach. Lee had a deep respect and love for children. As he reflected on his years of service with thousands of Virginia Beach students, he realized he had been “called” for this duty.

Aside from his school duties, Lee participated in church and community service. Lee was an active member of Galilee Episcopal Church, having joined the Episcopal church as a choir boy at the age of 10. At Oceana High School, Lee played football, baseball and basketball. During the summers, he worked for the Beach Life Saving Service and held the position of manager until the summer of 1962. In college, he played football at VPISU (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) for one year and supported the school and football programs throughout his life. He enjoyed his service on the “chain gang” at Princess Anne High School and First Colonial High School football games where Lee’s son, Sam, coached.

His commitment to his community included service as a judge on the Virginia Beach Election Board (1953 to 1969), service on the mayor’s Veteran’s Committee (for life), service on the Virginia Crab Commission, representative on the Virginia Beach Dredge Commission (1964) and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Khedive Shrine.

Lee was an avid hunter and carver and was a charter member of the Back-Bay Wildfowl Guild. He won a first-place novice blue ribbon at the World Championship Wildfowl Carving Championship in 1972. He hunted the waters of Back Bay for many years and served as a guide for the last hunting party at False Cape Gunning Club.

Lee was an avid reader and especially enjoyed military history. He was interviewed numerous times for documentaries for local and state projects.

Lee is survived by one son, Samuel Charles Scarborough, and his wife, Kathleen; grandchildren, Adeline Lee and Jacob Charles; one daughter, Elizabeth Kay Scarborough Johnson, and her husband, Thomas Owen; grandchildren, Emily Elizabeth and Thomas Owen Jr.; brother, Franklin Russell Scarborough, and his wife, Susan, of Southern Shores, North Carolina; sister, Susan Scarborough Royster of Virginia Beach, and her husband, Jimmy; brother-in-law, Leslie McLemore, and his wife, Virginia, of Rolesville, North Carolina; sisters-in-law, Agnes McLemore Dodd and Nancy McLemore Moody, and her husband, G.W., of Henderson, North Carolina; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road. A church service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 18, at Galilee Episcopal Church, 40th and Pacific Avenue. A reception will be held in Tucker Hall at the church following the service. Burial will be held in Eastern Shore Cemetery, Laskin Road.

Their arms are stacked
Their flags are furled
Their drums are stilled
Their bugles blow no more
– USCG Men

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 167, Memphis, TN 38101; Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507; or Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, 1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

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