Walter Thomas Lee

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Mr. Walter Thomas Lee, 84, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Walter Thomas Lee Sr. was born in Anniston on April 18, 1929 to the union of Walter Albert and Willie Mae Lee. Walter was united in Holy Matrimony to Bernice Julia Coan on May 10, 1961. Walter was a Godly man, a family man and a well-respected community leader. For over 70 years, he was a devoted and faithful steward of Players Chapel CME Church, Anniston. His shining example of leadership served as an inspiration to his family of five children. He served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Anniston Housing Authority, a member of the Committee of United Leadership, a member of Theta Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and member of Prince Hall Masonic Order. Walter received a Bachelor's Degree in Public Justice from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Jacksonville State University. Walter retired from the U.S. Army as Sergeant First Class after serving 28 years. He completed three tours to Vietnam, two to Germany, one in Korea, one in Japan and many others to various military bases throughout the world. One of his many talents afforded him the opportunity to play professional baseball as a member of the U.S. Army Baseball team. He retired from a second career with the Alabama State Employment Service finding employment for disabled veterans. In his later years, he and his wife relocated to Panama City, Florida. Walter was a communicator of encouragement that always demonstrated a caring, loving attitude utilizing his talents serving and doing God's Will. Walter never met a stranger that did not become a friend. He had a passion for reading and loved to write poems to his loved ones. His favorite past times were fishing, swimming and playing cards. How do we count the lives he touched or the light he shed? His life was full. Walter was preceded in death by his father, Walter Albert Lee; mother, Willie Mae Lee and sister, Dorothy Louise Estell. Walter's light will continue to be cherished in the lives of his wife, Bernice Julia Coan Lee of Panama City, Fla.; his children, Nona (Kenneth) Lee-Eatmon, of Birmingham, Henrietta Lee-Reed, of Atlanta, Ga., Walter T. Lee Jr., of Panama City, Fla., Jacqueline (Rickie) Crum, of Panama City, Fla., Allyson Lee, of Stone Mountain, Ga.; sister, Katherine Hill, of Chicago, Ill.; 14 grandchildren, Alexis, Dominique, Manuel, Antwaun, Ashlee, Donnell, Darnell, Massai, Quintin, Amber, Walter, Rickie, Jerrell, Jai; five great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Living Water Ministries (850-248-9814), located at 2900 Minnesota Avenue, Lynn Haven, FL 32444. Entombment will follow at Kent-Forest Lawn Cemetery (850-763-4694), 2403 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32405. Visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home (850-785-1316), 247 N. Tyndall Parkway, Panama City, FL 32404 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014. Family service will begin at 7 p.m. Heritage Funeral Home 247 N. Tyndall Parkway Panama City, FL 32404 850-785-1316
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Published in The Anniston Star on Jan. 28, 2014
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