Edward Elliott Lea Jr.


Died May 1, 2010

College: Timothy Dwight

Widow: Mrs. Ann Daniel Lea
930 Fearrington Post
Pittsboro, NC 27312-5040

Children: Robin Dailey
Grandchildren: Colin Edward Dailey

Born in May 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ned attended the Hill School in Pottstown, PA before attending Yale. After graduating in 1961, he spent the summer of ’61 touring Europe with friends, and he met his future wife, Ann Daniel, there.

After attending Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island with specialized training in communications, he was assigned to the Captain’s Staff aboard the Second Fleet commander’s ship, the USS Newport News, based in Norfolk, VA, with special attachment to the Admiral’s staff. His was the command ship for the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade, and Ned, along with others, was in direct communication with the White House.

Ned and Ann were married in 1963. After his discharge from the Navy, they moved to Cincinnati where Ned worked as an officer of the Central Trust Bank.

Having achieved a solid foundation in finance, Ned decided to “strike out on his own” and in 1981 moved to Raleigh, NC where, along with a partner, founded a software development company, Integrated Industrial Information. Clients ranged from NASA to the Ford Motor Company.

Retirement arrived for Ned in 2001, when he and Ann moved to 25 acres outside Nashville, TN, Ann’s home town.

Throughout his life, Ned was known as a mentor both in his professional and his personal life. Having a strong interest in environmental preservation, Ned used his extensive knowledge of finance and strategic planning to found a Land Trust for coastal North Carolina, to participate in the Land Trust of Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan and the Land Trust Alliance for Tennessee.

On May 1, 2010, Nashville experienced an historic flood. While on his way to evacuate neighbors whose house was flooding, his car was swept into a swollen creek and lodged under a neighbor’s bridge. He died on his way to help a neighbor in distress and left behind a shocked and traumatized community.

Ned is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Robin Dailey and grandson

Colin Edward Dailey.

—by Ann D. Lea


LEA, Mr. Edward Elliott “Ned” Age 70 of the Leipers Fork Community. May 1, 2010. Veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1961-1964 and graduated from Yale University in 1961. After receiving his financial training as an officer of fhe Central Trust Bank in Cincinnatti, he became a co-owner of a software development company in Raleigh, NC. Survived by wife, Ann Daniel Lea of the Leipers Fork Community; daughter, Robin Lea (Brian) Dailey of Wake Forest, NC; grandson, Cohn Edward Dailey. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m., Thursday, May 6, 2010 at Garrison United Methodist Church with Marty Bell officiating. Interment Garrison Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Travis Warf, Larry Peach, Glen King, John Sisk, Larry Kane, Rod Daniel, Brian Dailey and Rick Lockwood. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or Tennessee Land Trust. WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, (615) 794-22B9.