Thomas "Tommy" Lee, Sr.
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OPELOUSAS - Funeral services for Thomas "Tommy" Lee, Sr, age 81, have been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in the LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home Chapel in Opelousas. Interment will be in the St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery in Grand Coteau. The Reverend Greg Gaspard will conduct the service.
Mr. Lee, who was a native of Desark , Arkansas and a resident of Opelousas, LA, died on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Opelousas General Health System.
Tommy served his country proudly in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After the conflict, Tommy entered college where he became a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Mr. Lee worked in Baton Rouge for Uniroyal and then Vulcan chemical plants. He was active in the community as a member of the Central Jaycee's, where he served as President and then as Regional Vice President. He was also a co-founder of the Central Area Youth League and a co-founder and board member of the Central Volunteer Fire Department. Later Tommy taught school at Belmont Academy for 3 years, Port Barre High School for 12 years and Beau Chene High School for 6 years. During the 1991-1992 school year Mr. Lee received the "Teacher of the Year" award. He was a member of the Louisiana Association of Education and the American Federation of Teachers. He was the owner of the St. Landry Rig Maintenance company and he served as Head Deacon at the Unity Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Betty M. Lee of Opelousas; son, Buddy Lee and friend, Donna Firmin of Prairieville, LA; daughter, Kristin Lee Guidry and husband Chuck of Baton Rouge, LA; step son, Roderick Lyn Ritter of Lake Charles; step daughter, Melissa Steffan and husband Craig of Eunice; brother, Jerry Walls and wife Carolyn of Lawtell, LA; grandchildren, 2nd Lt. Cody Lee and wife Andrea, Danielle Dauphinet, Katy Miller, Grant Guidry, Texster Ritter, and Natocha Ritter; great grandchildren, Tyler Dauphinet, Julia K. Dauphinet , Jordan Ritter and Dylan Ritter.
He is preceded in death by his father, Wilburn Lee; mother, Effie Walls; step-father, Preston Walls; 1st wife, Kay Francis Crespo Lee and brother, Harlan Walls.
Pallbearers will be Jason Freneaux, Troy Walls, Derrick Walls, Texster Ritter, Bill Weaver and Brian Spears. Honorary pallbearers will be 2nd Lt. Cody Lee and Dustin Gunter.
Visitation will be held in the LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas beginning on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 5:00- 9:00 p.m. and will reopen on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 S. Union St, Opelousas, LA, 70570, (337)942-2638, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home
2845 S Union Street Opelousas, LA 70570
Published in the Daily World & The Advertiser on Dec. 2, 2013