Lee Earl Shed LUBBOCK-Lee Earl Shed, affectionately known also as Cookie, passed away on April 30, 2013. Lee was born on May 11, 1951 in Fairfield, Texas, to Belzora Armstead and Willie D. Strawther. He was raised by his mother, Belzora, and the late Reverend Dr. Leon Armstead. Lee attended Estacado High School and led them to their first regional baseball win. Lee was the first EHS graduate to be scouted and recruited by a professional baseball team (Kansas City Royals) in 1970. Recruiting him as pitcher, this was the Royals' only visit to Lubbock. He was on the same farm team as Ron Washington, the current Texas Rangers manager. His professional hopes came to an early end after injuring his pitching hand. As a true athlete, Lee continued to excel in both baseball and basketball for University of Texas in El Paso while in the US Army. After graduating from Estacado High School in 1972, he enlisted in the US Army and served as Military Police (in The Republic of Panama) until his honorable discharge in 1977. Returning to Lubbock, he began his civilian career as a deputy sheriff with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department. Upon building his career as a civilian, Lee acquired various certifications from South Plains College, including Electricity and Air Conditioning. Raised in a Christian home, Lee also invested time in his spiritual interests by studying in the Unchained Ministry Bible study program where he focused on books of the Bible. He was preceded in death by a brother, Willie D. Strawther, Jr. Lee is survived by his children who shall cherish his love and fond memories: Lesa L. Martinez (George Martinez); Crystal L. Morganfield (Lamaris Morganfield); his parents, Belzora Armstead and Willie D. Strawther, Sr.; his siblings, Joe E. Anderson, LaWanda G. Gordon, Pastor Venus Smitherman (George Smitherman), Clint Armstead and Minister Don W. Armstead; Evangelist M. Jewel Kelly; Mary Collins; Ann Parker and Tammy Sanders; Judy Shed and Willie D. Hayes; he leaves two grandchildren, Candice and Jaelyn. Lee also leaves to celebrate his memories his fianc e, Dorothy Jean Jefferson, his companion of many years; and a host of blended family members, relatives and lifelong friends. Celebration of life services will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Peaceful Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Visitation will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at Griffin Mortuary.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 3, 2013