R. William LEE Jr.

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LEE, Jr., R. William RAYMOND WILLIAM (BILL) LEE, JR. Raymond William (Bill) Lee, Jr. died peacefully on June 25, 2014 at home from complications related to recently diagnosed lung cancer. He was predeceased by his father Raymond William Lee, Sr. and his mother Sally Beal Lee. Born on April 24, 1930 in Richmond, VA, he grew up in Providence Forge, in the tidewater area of Virginia. He graduated from New Kent High School among a class of only 19, and went on to receive his AB degree in Business Administration from Duke University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. After graduation, he served on active duty with the US Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. Following his military service, he accepted a position with Oxford Industries and moved to Atlanta. During his 40 year career with Oxford he served as President of the Men's Slacks Division, Group Vice President for all Menswear, and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and a member of Oxford's Board of Directors until his retirement in 1995. During his business career he served as a director of the industry's trade organization, the American Apparel Manufacturer's Association, as a director and vice president of the Men's Fashion Association and as a director of the Father's Day Council. A lifelong Republican, he was elected to a two year term as Vice-Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party in 1982. During the Reagan administration he was a member of the Textile & Apparel Advisory Committee of the US Department of Commerce. He was a 50 year member of Cherokee Town & Country Club where he served as Treasurer, Governing Board member and President. He was a member of the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC, as well as the Green Boundary Club in Aiken, SC. An avid golfer for many years, Mr. Lee attended The Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club (most recently in April of this year) for 52 consecutive years. He was a 30 year member of the Fripp Island Club and the Fripp Island Property Owners' Association in connection with "Leeward," the Lee family's South Carolina beach home. He was a long time member of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta and served on its Investment Committee. He was for many years a director of Georgia Cooperative Services for the Blind and served as its President for several terms. He was a founding member of the Atlanta Business Roundtable. His love of wine led him to become an early participant in the Atlanta chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux Wine Society, serving as its Treasurer and Vice President. For 47 years he was a member of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church where he served as a vestryman, Senior Warden, and Chairman of the St. Martin's Endowment Trust. In 2003 he moved to a new church home at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church which was very near his residence. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Marianne Hollingsworth Lee; three daughters, Lelia McGregor (Scott) of Chesapeake, VA, Carol Wilkerson (Jim) of Summerville, SC, Sally Danneman (Jody) of Marietta; and a son, R. William Lee, III of Marietta. He adored his eight grandchildren, Kerry & Kristin McGregor; Matt, Eric & Holly Wilkerson; Marianne Danneman; and Virginia & Catherine Lee. His sense of humor and love of fun endeared him to his family and his many friends. His was a life well-lived, and he will be missed by those who love him. The family will receive friends at H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel (173 Allen Road NE, Sandy Springs, GA, 30328) from 7:00-9:00 on Friday, June 27. A service in thanksgiving for his life will take place at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church (805 Mount Vernon Highway NW, Sandy Springs, GA, 30327) on June 28, 2014, at 11:30. A celebration of his life will be held immediately following the service at Cherokee Country Club (665 Hightower Trail, Atlanta, GA, 30350). In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his name to the , the , or Hospice Atlanta.

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 26, 2014
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