Leon Douglas Lane

April 30, 1930 - October 27, 2013

04/30/1930 - 10/27/2013

Leon “Lee” Douglas Lane

Leon “Lee” Douglas Lane, 83, of Great Bridge met his Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, October 27, 2013. A native of Perquimans County, NC, grew up in Belvidere, NC where farming, family and church was the way of life. Farming without machinery was not his idea of making a living. So in his early twenty’s he moved to Chesapeake bringing his new family and looked for work.

He was the son of the late Murray D. Lane and Virginia Spangler Lane, and was predeceased by a sister, Beverly J. Lane.

He was trained by the then Virginia Power Company as an electrician and while attached to the Chesapeake Energy Center, Portsmouth, VA, Gas Turbines Division, he retired after 39 years of service. He went on to have a full life doing the things he loved to do. He served on the original board of Great Bridge Baptist Church helping plan and build their first Sunday School building and Sanctuary. He soon was called to preach God’s holy word and was licensed in 1961. He became interested in the real estate business and was licensed in the 60’s. He enjoyed his role of entrepreneur making and selling homemade trailers and was known as the Tractor King buying and fixing up old tractors and then selling them to the best bidder.

Introducing a new bride to the Great Bridge community, they became members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church serving his church for 26 years sharing his bible knowledge as a teacher of the YANSY Young and Not So Young Sunday School Class. He is currently a member of Great Bridge United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his loving wife of 29 years, Margaret “Mickey” Elder Lane; a brother, Donald M. Lane Nora; a sister, Glenda L. Walker Garland; his children by his first wife, Gladys Copeland Lane, a daughter, Connie Lane O’Brien and son, Douglas Carl Lane Pat; and their children Christopher M. O’Brien, Lindsey Brown Greg and Courtney Vaughan-Lane. He is also survived by step-children, Della Jones Stearns Mark and Licia Jones-Turbitt and their children, J. Christopher and D. Kyle Stearns, Zachary, Andrew, and Mathew Pope and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family expresses their deep gratitude to Medi Home Health and Hospice and their staff for their devoted care and love provide these past months. In lieu of flowers your donation may be made to their Chesapeake Office or to a charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 30th from 10-11am at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 929 Battlefield Blvd, S., Chesapeake with a memorial service immediately following. Around 12pm friends are welcome to join the family at Great Bridge United Methodist Church for a reception. Burial services will be private at the Lane Family Cemetery in Belvidere, NC. Condolences may be expressed to the family at altmeyer.com.

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Lynda Pritchard
8 years ago

Chris, Connie and family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that God will give you the strength you need in the days ahead. Take comfort in knowing that you will forever carry his memory in your heart.

Sending my love and heartfelt sympathy,


Doni Chappell
8 years ago

Leon was the most kind and loving man I have ever met. He loved the Lord with all his heart and soul. I truly believe he is now in the Lords arms, and is a joyful man. Doni Chappell

rose sartain
8 years ago

My Dear Friend Mickey, If anyone understands your grief it’s me. Let your friends love and help you. We all really care about you and want to help in any way. Just call.

Nancy and Roger Petersen
8 years ago

Our sincere sympathy goes out to Mickey and family. While we didn’t know Leon very well, we do know about his love of the Lord as well as Mickey’s love and devotion to the Lord and her church. We miss you Mickey, and we hope that you know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brad & Vicki Sawyer
8 years ago

Our sincere sympathy to Mickey and family. Leon was one of a kind and loved our Lord dearly. If anyone knew Leon, they know where he is at this moment. He’s with our Lord and Savior. He loved his Yansy Class and everyone in it, and we loved him. God Bless.

Gary and Gail Szabo
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lane family. We are so sorry for your loss. Leon is a precious child of God and has gone home to be with his Father. He certainly touched many lives during his service to the Lord.