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Lee Harold Bostic

Obituary for Lee Harold Bostic

April 17, 1935 - September 4, 2020
Ashburn, Virginia | Age 85


The Life and Times of Lee H. Bostic
Lee Harold Bostic transitioned from this world on Friday, September 4, 2020.
Lee was born Harold Lee Bostic on April 17, 1935 to the late Joseph William Bostic, Sr and Dorothy Mitchell Bostic. Dorothy and Joe raised their two sons in Bedford Stuyvesant at their beloved home, 622 Jefferson Avenue. Lee had so many fond memories of their homestead, but the one that he initially remembered was one of his father, pulling a wagon with him and his brother Joey riding along from Putnam Avenue through a few blocks in Bed Stuy to a block called Jefferson Avenue. Here is where they were shown what was to be their new home. Lee talked about how excited he and his brother at the tender ages of 4 and 5, respectively, were to have a big new room with bunk beds! They boys grew up with the love of their parents and nurturing from their grandmother, Nana.
Lee was educated at P.S. 129 in Brooklyn and attended Samuel J, Tilden HS where he played on the basketball team and graduated with honors. As a youth, hIs summers were spent at Atwater Camp in Massachusetts. Atwater was a camp for children of Black families. He looked forward to those carefree summers of hanging out with what became life long friends, learning to swim and learning the skill of archery. Lee was someone who was easy to talk to and liked you upon meeting you until you gave him a reason not to.
After graduating from High School, Lee enrolled at Morgan State College in Baltimore, in Spring of 1953. Lee was smart and popular and known as "the man to know" on campus. He maintained a "B " average and prided himself on the fact that he got a scholarship to help pay for his education, which he took seriously. However, he made sure he had the fun required while living on a college campus. It was called balance, studying and partying. Lee was Regiment Commander of the ROTC, he was #1 on his line of the Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and President of the Student Council. While on campus he met his
Sweetheart, Gayle Spaulding. They played the ultimate trick on Gayle's father who was a Chemistry professor on campus, with most of the
student body aware. They headlined the school newspaper with a full picture of the 2 of them that they had eloped. It was an April Fools joke. What an uproar it caused as he loved to kid around. He continued to laugh about this for years. Lee received his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1957. He then enlisted in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant and left Baltimore to go to Fort Benning, GA. After a year, he went to Fort Carson, Colorado as a First Lieutenant. In December, 1957, he proposed to Gayle and they were on married June 28, 1958. Lee often reminisced about the 2 wedding receptions they had stating that his
mother wanted to outdo his in-laws. The newlyweds had a grand celebration in Baltimore, MD at the Morgan College Christian Center and another elaborate celebration in Bedford Stuyvesant, seemingly inviting everybody who was anybody. From this union, three children were born, Lisa, Staci and Lee.
Lee worked hard to be his own man and not to be seen in the shadow of his brother. Following his honorable discharge of military service, Lee enrolled in Boston University School of Law and earned his law degree in 1962.
Lee and Gayle settled in Addesleigh Park in Jamaica Queens. He and Gayle moved to New York, because he felt he needed to be close to his mother as she built her school, Junior Academy in Brooklyn, Lee proudly served as a bus driver and then as the Attorney for Junior Academy during its existence.
Lee also served his community as an Attorney and ran for office of City Councilman on 2 separate occasions. He established his own law practice and served the residents of Queens County. Lee was smart and knew it. He enjoyed the challenge of completing the Sunday edition of the New York Times in pen. He was an avid bowler and always had the goal of bowling that perfect 300 game, however his high score repeatedly was between 285 - 290.
While they were teenagers Lee enjoyed transporting Lisa and her teammates to their track meets, watching Staci perform as a cheerleader and attending "little" Lee's baseball games. He also made sure that his Saturday nights were free when Lisa and Staci had parties to attend, so that he could pick them up 20 minutes before the party ended to their chagrin and proceeded to take their friends home as well, even though he was not asked to take on that task. When they had Birthday Parties at home, he and his brother Joe, sat on the front steps of the house to "screen" anyone who tried to enter the party.
The family enjoyed spending time in Sag Harbor during the summers. Lee made sure his girls knew how to swim in a swimming pool and in the ocean, just in case somebody tried "something stupid." Lee Bostic was known as a family man. He was married to Gayle Spaulding Bostic for 62 years, through many ups and downs. The one thing that was consistent was the love that he had for her and also for his children. His love for family extended to close friends. He also loved the
friends of his children and they automatically became his children and he took responsibility for them.
During his last 2 years, Lee moved to Virginia to live with his wife Gayle at the Wingler House in Ashburn, VA. There he gained many neighbors and new friends. He enjoyed "just hanging out" with his friends during coffee in the morning and at lunchtime. He could often be seen on the front porch greeting residents and visitors and opening the door to let them into the building. Lee also continued his membership with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity as an active member of the Sigma Mu Mu Chapter in Loudoun County, VA.
Lee is predeceased by his Grandmother, Lillian Eldridge Bostic, his parents, Dorothy and Joe Bostic, his brother Joe "Joey" Bostic, Jr. He leaves his sister, Debi Bostic Nelson, his cousin Dickie, his wife, Gayle Spaulding Bostic, his children, Lisa Bostic Mills and her husband Gerald MIlls, Staci Bostic-Clarke and her husband and Lee's Fraternity Brother,Derrick Clarke, his son, Lee Spaulding Bostic and his wife Christy Bostic. He was the proud grandfather of, Chalais Carter, Cheneice Davey Bostic, Jordynn Bostic-Clarke, Aleea Davey Price, Justinn Bostic-Clarke, Alysa Davey Bostic, Stacia Mills, Jazmynn Bostic-Clarke, Jaclynn Bostic-Clarke, Maddox Palmer, Ariella Bostic, Myarah Bostic and great granddaughter, Scarlett. Also, he adored his brother's children and treated them as his own, Kyle D. Bostic and Kia D. Bostic.

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