Randolph Leon “Lee” Edmondson Jr., 74, of Virginia Beach, died at his home surrounded by his family Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Born Oct. 29, 1945, in Norfolk to Randolph Leon Edmondson and Nancy Scarborough Edmondson, Lee attended Princess Anne High School, where he gained his love for wrestling and surfing. He went to Old Dominion University, but his studies were interrupted by his service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
He returned to ODU more than 20 years later to earn a degree in accounting after the drudgery of working for the IRS convinced him to go back to school. He retired from the City of Virginia Beach after 27 years and ran his own accounting firm part time and then full time, enjoying the relationships he built with his many loyal and thankful clients over the decades. He also loved painting, photography, woodworking and his family, which kept his hands busy and his heart full for many good years.
Lee supported many charitable causes, most notably serving on the boards of Theta Chi Fraternity of ODU, Virginia Beach Retired Employees Association, Symphonicity and Virginia Legends Walk Foundation.
Married five times, Lee finally got it right with wife Cynthia Miller Edmondson, who is left to attend Jimmy Buffet concerts and Monarch football games without him. Among his many unfinished projects, he leaves behind son, Brian Lee Edmondson, and his wife, Amber Lynn McVicker Edmondson, of Virginia Beach; daughters, Carrie Edmondson Short, and her husband, Taylor, of Norfolk and Sandi Stearns Edmondson of Norfolk; stepchildren, Karen Brown Shackley, and her husband, David, of Portsmouth and Keith Brown of Boston; grandchildren, Nicholas Alexander Edmondson, Samuel Bishop Short, Bennett Randolph Short, Cooper Lambert Short, Lauryn Michelle Shackley, and her husband, Cody Corbin and Emily Janet Shackley, will miss Grandad’s love and endless parade of Hawaiian shirts. Lee is also survived by sister, Carolyn Edmondson Bond; and brother, Andrew Wayne Edmondson, and his wife, Sharon.
Lee was an avid genealogist, which is why we had to include so many names in this obituary.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Miles Memorial United Methodist Church. Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored by your memorial contributions to Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, P.O. Box 12693, Norfolk, VA 23451.
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