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LeRoy Mitchell Rashid

BORN: January 12, 1932
DIED: January 16, 2018
LOCATION: Charleston, West Virginia

LeRoy Mitchell Rashid

LeRoy Mitchell Rashid, 86, passed away at his home in Charleston the evening of January 16, 2018.

Lee was born in Detroit in 1932 and his family moved to West Virginia when he was five.  He attended Archmere Academy Preparatory School in Claymont, Delaware, and graduated from Montgomery High School in 1950.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit in 1954.  Immediately after college, he served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, stationed in West Germany.  He was awarded a letter of commendation for saving the life of an officer engulfed in flames.

For several decades Lee worked as a labor relations executive in the trucking industry.  He was employed by Bell Lines of West Virginia, Smith Transfer of Virginia, and served as president of Tri-City Common Carriers.  During those years, he engaged in regular negotiations with the Teamsters Union.

Together with his brother, Dr. Richard C. Rashid, Lee created a major real estate development business, acquiring, operating, and leasing multiple hotels, retail shopping centers, office buildings, restaurants, and other properties in West Virginia and around the country.  Their most notable local achievement was the construction of Southridge Center, on 400 undeveloped acres south of Charleston that had once included Bollinger Field, a local airport.  This project spurred further intense commercial development in Charleston and South Charleston along Corridor G.  In June of 1998, the brothers donated the 170 year-old historic Chilton House to the University of Charleston.  Renamed “University House,” it is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.  They also made many other charitable donations and were honored for their philanthropy by the foundations of Thomas Memorial Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital.

Among other accomplishments, Lee was instrumental in bringing the famed riverboat, the West Virginia Belle, to South Charleston, and in locating and acquiring the property in Charleston on which the Saint John XXIII Pastoral Center was constructed.

Among his many honors, Lee was recognized as South Charleston’s 2012-13 Tourism Citizen of the Year, received from Wal-Mart the Sam Walton Award for Business Achievement, and was granted an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Charleston.

At the time of his death, LeRoy was serving on the board of Edgewood Summit.  He had previously served on the boards of United Bank of West Virginia, Second Avenue Bank of South Charleston, West Virginia State University, and the University of Charleston

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Mitchel and Mosa Rashid, a daughter, Diana Leigh Rashid, and a sister, Annette Rashid Gall (Chris).

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Claudette, his children, Georgette Rashid George (Kent), Dr. Michele Rashid-Stanley (Dr. Louis Stanley), and Richard Rashid (Dr. Jane Maloof Rashid), brother Dr. Richard C. Rashid (Eleanor), sisters LeNore Rashid Hendricks (James) and Diana Salamie (Dick), ten grandchildren, and one great grandson.

There will be a visitation from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 21st, at the Holiday Inn & Suites on Second Avenue in South Charleston.  A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 22nd at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral on Virginia Street in Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 114 Virginia St E, Charleston, WV 25301 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Memories may be shared of Lee by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

26 replies
  1. Cindy Tingley says:

    Claudette: I am so very sorry for your loss. I am glad I got to know Leroy when he was Dr. Crisalli’s patient. May peace be with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Much love,
    Cindy Tingley

  2. Alice White says:

    Claudette and Family-

    I am so sorry to hear of Leroy’s passing. He was such a great and gentle-man. Betty and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Monica Orosz says:

    Claudette and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mayblight perpetual shine upon him and may God comfort you.
    Love,
    Monica Orosz

  4. John "Ozzie: White says:

    Claudette and family,
    Leroy was a good friend and neighbor. I remember one of his favorite sayings whenever he saw me working around my house “Are you trying to save your marriage?” He will be missed by all. My God be with you and comfort you during this difficult period.
    Love,
    Ozzie White

  5. Frederick Hufford says:

    LeRoy:
    Even as you leave us you live on forever in your children & grandchildren. They live out your qualities of caring, courage, generosity & willingness to work hard & so successfully for them. You knew how to “be there” for family, friends & community.
    You touched so many of us with your example of being a man’s man and a good person’s person.
    We say goodbye to you today while holding you in our hearts forever.

  6. leesa j chenoweth says:

    I recently met Mr. Rashid when he was in the ER at General. I had the privilege of caring for him 2 days in a row. He was incredibly kind, generous, and polite even though he was feeling quite poorly. In my job, which I’ve had for 10 years, I meet many people under difficult circumstances. I will always remember LeRoy and his lovely wife and family with fondness and respect. May their hearts be eased from their feelings of loss and rest in love and gratitude for being a part of this remarkable man’s life.
    Sincerely,
    Leesa

  7. Brenda Robertson says:

    Claudette and Family: May you be at peace knowing God welcomed an angel. You were blessed with sixty years of marriage. You and Leroy accomplished so much, were a beautiful couple and raised 3 lovely children. Leroy will be missed by family and friends, but he left all with sweet memories. Sending my love and prayers to you and your family.

  8. Les Putillion says:

    Georgette, Rich and Family,
    I’m saddened to read this news. I like many other truly enjoyed LeRoy and I’m certain he will be both missed and remembered by many.
    In times like these words don’t help much and rarely comfort the grieving.
    May God continue to Bless each of you and may God rest your Dad’s soul he was a wonderful person and a friend to so many of us.
    Each of you are in my thoughts and Prayers.
    My condolences,
    Les Putillion

  9. Kathy Comuzie says:

    Dr. Richard Rashid, speaking on behalf of my mother, June Wilson, and myself, we offer our condolences in the loss of your brother, Lee. Our prayers are with you and Lee’s entire family.

  10. Kathy Comuzie says:

    Dr. Richard Rashid, on behalf of my mother, June Wilson, and myself, we offer our deepest sympathy in the loss of your brother, Lee. Our prayers are with Lee’s entire family during this difficult time.

  11. Sandra Rashid Larsh says:

    Dear Claudette and family – I am so sorry to hear of Leroy’s passing. I know your hearts are broken. There is always a struggle with loss and with knowledge and belief that our loved ones are at peace and with God. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Much love – Sandra

  12. Robert and Susan Salloum says:

    Dear Claudette: we were greatly saddened to hear of LeRoy’s passing. We were very fond of him and extend our condolences to you and your entire family. He will be greatly missed. Rashid Club conventions will not be the same without him.
    With sincere sympathy – Robert and Susan Salloum and family

  13. Sharon Rashid says:

    Dearest Cousins Claudette, Georgette, Michele, Richie & The Entire Immediate Family of Beloved Cousin LeRoy. My warmest heartfelt sorrow goes out to each of you with the sad loss of a “Great Man” whos’ name was a legendary staple in our house as we were growing up for me and my brothers and sisters. My Father, Carl and Mother, Nelly would always share many fond stories of when LeRoy lived with us on Three Mile Drive in Grosse Pointe Park while he was attending University of Detroit. I couldn’t wait to meet this “infamous cousin” being that his staying with us was before my time. As we would attend most of our Rashid Family Reunions in my adolescent years, I always looked up to LeRoy and I will never forget in 1989 at his Ramada Inn (Presently Holiday Inn) how he was so cool to get rid of a few obnoxious locals that were asking to dance with me and all the cousins at the club! Mom looked at me and said, didn’t I tell you all these years how great LeRoy is? May God shine the perpetual light upon his soul and May God give each of you strength during this very difficult time. Love & Prayers, Cousin Sharon

  14. Sara Rashid says:

    My heart is heavy knowing we won’t see Uncle LeRoy this Reunion. He was so warm, funny, dignified and strong – a true Rashid 🙂 Like all the greatest of men, he was too humble to reveal all the success and honor in his own life, but always asked about what was going on in ours. His obituary made my jaw drop, but I shouldn’t be surprised. He was extraordinary.

    We really, really miss you all and are extremely disappointed not to be able to make it to WV and join you in commemorating him. We promise to continue to do so, however, throughout our lives, so his memory will be eternal.

    All our love and support,

    Sara (Rashid), Coleman, Alya & Tommy Brice

  15. Susan Kolar says:

    Dear Claudette and family, When I was younger I attended the Rashid family reunions with my Mom. My younger sister still does. Your family always represented what was good about West Virginia and I recall enjoying the reunions there as it was so different than the Midwest. Your family and Bud’s were the eastern side of the family and a core element to the reunions. So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed reading the obituary as it shows the true heart of a loving man. May God comfort all of you as you mourn his loss. If my Mom Rose Rashid Woods were still here she would say the same. Sincerely Susan Woods Kolar.

  16. Moses Zegeer says:

    My memories of Leroy are very fond. There was kind of an ongoing humor and trust t hat I think existed that whenever we met or we spoke on the phone. I always thought of his father, Mitchell. My some of my earliest memories go back to Montgomery when my parents took me to visit the Rashid household. My parents, Moses and Abreeza absolutely loved the Rashid family. There was a warmth and trust that existed. I think that is why I think this loss saddens me so today.
    On behalf of me and my companion, Judy, and the entire Moses and Abreeza Zegeer family clan I express our condolences

  17. Sandy Dickson says:

    Claudette and family, My sincere sympathy for your loss of a wonderful husband and father. He was a fine man and we were honored to know him . You will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this time of grief.

    Sincerely, Sandy Dickson

  18. Vallie Fisher says:

    Mrs. Rashid, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Rashid. You might not remember me but I thought the world of him and loved working for him at the Ramada for 10 years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  19. V. Rev. Fr. Olof Scott says:

    Dear Claudette and all members of the Mitchell Rashid families. Due to overlapping funerals, we were unable to be present to express our condolences. Please be assured that all of you are in our prayers at this time. May Leroy’s memory be eternal, and may the Peace of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ bring you comfort and assurance in the hope of the Resurrection. Our prayer in the Orthodox tradition is, “With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant, Leroy, in that place of brightness, that place of verdure, that place of repose, where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.”
    V. Rev. Fr. Olof & Eva Scott

  20. Robert Rashid says:

    Our condolences to Claudette and the entire Mitchell Rashid family.Great man .He will be missed.God bless Leroy. Robert and Nancy Rashid

  21. Dee Shafer cna CMAC GENERAL says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. The short time I got to know him as a very sweet gentle man. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers

  22. DARRELL MULLINS says:

    I was sad to see Mr Rashid’s obituary in the paper, May God be you all and comfort you in your days ahead of you. I can recall working at the Fire House on Washington St. east. He is a good man and you all are a good family. GOD BLESS

  23. Kevin Whelan says:

    Claudette and family – my sincerest condolences on your loss. Leroy was a warm, generous and astute individual whose word was his bond. His friendship was always cherished by our family. He will be missed.

  24. Carl Rashid, Jr. says:

    Our deepest condolences to Claudette and family on the passing of our beloved cousin LeRoy. The world has lost a truly great man. LeRoy was very special to me and my family since he lived with us on Three Mile Drive while attending U of D. We will miss his glowing smile and warmth at the Rashid Family Reunions.
    May God rest his soul in peace and provide all of you with the strength to cherish his memory.
    Carl and Grace and family.

  25. Mary Romano says:

    Our condolences and deepest sympathy to Claudette and all her family. It has been all too long since I last saw my cousin Leroy (more than 50 years) and have only pleasant memories of him. I regret not having had the chance to know him better. Blessings from Mary Helen (Rahhal) and John Romano and family.

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