BALTIMORE, MD—Vernal Norman Lee of Baltimore, formerly of Kilmarnock, passed away Friday, September 25, 2020, after a brief illness. He was born on September 7, 1939, in Kilmarnock to the late Norman and Rosa Lee.
Vernal was baptized early in life at Calvary Baptist Church in Kilmarnock. In Baltimore, he attended the Christian Love Baptist Church.
He grew up in Lancaster County, graduated from A.T. Wright High School and obtained a bachelor’s in automotive studies from Virginia State University in 1960. After graduating, Vernal joined the U.S. Army and served until 1965.
After completing his service, Vernal moved to Baltimore where he met and married the late Donna Scott and from that union they had one son, the late Wayne Lee. Vernal was blessed with three grandchildren, Tiffany, Damon and Crystal; and three great-grandchildren, Tyjia, Tylah and Knowledge.
Vernal was taught by his parents to work hard and do what is right. He learned from his father if a man does not work, a man does not eat. Vernal worked more than 40 years at Lincoln College of Technology in Baltimore. He was the lead automotive instructor where he never missed a day of work and never was late as he cherished being on time.
After retirement, Vernal opened Nice Ice, a snowball business, with his grandchildren. He worked part time in the neighborhood daycare as a grandparent helper. Vernal assisted the little children in the community with early educational development.
A celebration of life was held Friday, October 2, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Christian Love Baptist Church in Baltimore. Thanks to Dr. William C. Bailey, officiating, pastor Tyrone Nance Jr. and Wylie Funeral Home. Vernal’s life was filled with many testimonies and love. He will be greatly missed by all.
Vernal leaves to carry on his legacy his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his siblings, Donald Lee (Yvonne), William Lee (Vera) and Faye Lee Ball; sister-in-law, Gloria Lee, many other family members, and friends.