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Eng Heng "Jimmy" Lee

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Eng Heng "Jimmy" Lee Obituary
HENDERSONVILLE-Eng Heng "Jimmy" Lee, 81, died on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Margaret R. Pardee Hospital. He is preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Yeh Yu Yen "Ann" Lee and his parents; Jui-han Lee and Chiu Chi-me Lee, and one brother Eng Cheng Lee.
Jimmy was born in Taipei, Taiwan on February 26, 1934. After graduating from high school, he worked at the United States Navy Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan for 26 years. Mr. Lee spent his entire lie searching for answers and the location of his father's remains. The following is an insight of Jimmy's father: "Jui-han Lee was born and raised in Chunan and graduated from the Faculty of Law of Chuo University in Japan. He was a practicing lawyer, best known for his frankness and sense of justice. He was elected as a member of the Taipei Assembly during the Japanese colonial rule. His campaign appeal of "Building of the Taipei Port" was considered visionary. After the war, he was elected chairman of the Taipei Bar Association. The bar association led by Lee not only harshly criticized the government of Chen Yi for undermining the rule of law, but also demanded the implementation of the Act of Bringing a Prisoner before the Judge (citizens cannot be arrested without proper court ruling) to protect people's freedoms. During the early stages of the 228 Incident, Chen Yi expressed approval of reform proposals made by different parts of society, leading Jui-han Lee to call for members of the bar association to advocate "judicial independence and the appointment of Taiwanese people to judicial posts." After the military arrived in Taiwan, the military police forcefully entered Lee's home on March 10 and told him, "The superior (Chen Yi) has asked you to attend a meeting". Lee was driven away in a jeep and no one heard from him since. His family tried every possible means to find out what happened to him, but to no avail. It was not until the files were declassified in the 1990s that the family finally realized Jui-han Lee had secretly been arrested and later assassinated at the age of 41, all by order of the authorities."
Mr. Lee died not knowing the answers to all the questions that he had regarding his father.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Covenant Church on Kanuga Road, in Hendersonville. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, nature, listening to classical music and helping people in general.
"Jimmy" is survived by his sons; Hui Luh "Andy" Lee, Wen Ling Wu, Hui An "Bill" Lee, and Hui Te "Brian" Lee, one brother; Eng Choong Lee, and one sister Yueh Mei Lee. He has one grandchild Meng Hang "Alex" Lee and three nieces and six nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on May 9, 2015 at Thos. Shepherd's Church Street Chapel with the Reverend Deacon Tim Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on May 7, 2015
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