Mr. Ira Lee Eskridge, 88, husband of Doris Thomas Eskridge and a lifelong resident of Tangier, VA, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, MD.

Born April 26, 1931, he was a son of the late William Thomas Eskridge and Mildred Pruitt Eskridge.  Ira Lee served his country in the military, was a career waterman, and member of the New Testament Church.

In addition to his loving wife, survivors include four children, G. Kent Eskridge of Tangier and his girlfriend Beverly Moyer of Salisbury, MD, Daniel A. Eskridge and his wife Kathy, of Heathsville, VA, Paula M. Schmitt and her husband David, of Stuarts Draft, VA, and Jack A. Eskridge and his wife Phyllis, of Staunton, VA; two sisters, Shannon E. Bunner and her husband Gene, of Salisbury, MD, and Mona E. Marshall of Tangier; two brothers, William T. Eskridge, Jr., and James W. Eskridge and his wife Irene, all of Tangier; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, Ira Lee was predeceased by a son, Gregory C. Eskridge; and two brothers, Cpl. Warren R. Eskridge and A. Dale Eskridge.

A memorial service to celebrate his life, will be held at the New Testament Church on Tangier, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., with Elder Duane Crockett officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Testament Church, P.O. Box 3, Tangier, VA  23440.

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Arrangements by the Williams Funeral Homes, in Parksley and Onancock.