Alfred W. Lee Sr., a retired educator and commercial bus driver, died on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in the Vitas Hospice Care at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. He was 78.
He was born on Aug. 20, 1940, in Philadelphia to the late Alfred L. Lee and Mabel L. Dodson. He received his education in the Philadelphia school system, graduating from Darby Senior High School.
After completing high school, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1961. After leaving the Navy, he received his bachelor’s degree in 1965 from Cheyney State College.
In September 1965, Lee began his career as a teacher at Strawberry Mansion High School, becoming a revered educator.
During this time, he was dating Cynthia Lee Banks, with whom he eloped on Jan. 27, 1968, in Elkton, Maryland.
Lee was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Willingboro, New Jersey, for 40 years and served as a choir member. He read the Bible to the congregation at Sunday morning and evening services.
While his children attended high school, Lee volunteered as a band parent and regularly introduced the marching band for half-time shows. He became recognized as “the voice” of John F. Kennedy High School’s Marching Band. After retiring as a teacher, he worked as a commercial bus driver for various bus companies, finishing this segment of his career at Academy Bus Tours Inc.
Lee enjoyed being a team member of a bowling league, a competitive dance-roller skater (winning multiple championships), a member of the Greater South Jersey Cheyney University Alumni Chapter, a local election poll worker and an online disc jockey. He was licensed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission as a restricted radiotelephone operator, authorizing him to be a lifetime disc jockey.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, A. William III.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, Alfred II (April), Jennifer Higgs (Dondi) and Lujuana M. Lee-Slater (Scavellas); grandchildren, Khalil Higgs and Aran Lee; sister, Mary Williams; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held July 12 at First Baptist Church of Willingboro, 216 Sunset Road, Willingboro, New Jersey. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m.
Edney Funeral Home handled the arrangements.