In Loving Memory of
September 12, 1937 – November 27, 2020
Celebration of Life was held on December 9, 2020
Obidiah Lee, 83, returned to his heavenly home on 11/27/2020 after a brave battle with many illnesses. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggles and ultimately granted him peace.
Obidiah was born to the late Frank and Minnie Lee in Bamberg, S.C., on September 12, 1937. He was the eldest son of seven children: four sisters, Awilla Nimmons, Myrtle Bell, Maymee Lee, Mary Cruse; and two brothers, Frank Lee and Alfred Lee.
Immersed in the Christian faith from an early age, it would remain Obidiah’s lifelong support. He always quoted his mother, saying, “God touches the hearts of man”, who blessed Him, and in turn allowed him to bless others. Obidiah strived to bless others– and that he did! With his faith in God, a high school education, and a Ph.D. in motherly wit and common sense, at 15-years-old he left Richard Carol H.S. to pursue a new life in NYC.
Obidiah, a biblical name meaning servant of the Lord, was a faithful member of Maranatha Church. He was blessed with a loving family. He married his first love Katherine Hortense Viney at age seventeen. They were married for 43 years until her passing in 1999. Katherine and Obidiah raised their four children together and he truly practiced Proverbs 13:14 of sparing the rod and spoiling the child, but with loving discipline and humility. He later married his childhood sweetheart Ellaree (Kizer) Cumberbatch-Lee. They were married for 20 years– up until his demise.