Edward Lee, 84, of Gum Branch, left this world on Father's Day, June 16, 2013, and entered the Kingdom of Heaven to meet his Heavenly Father.
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He was born in Tattnall County on June 3, 1929, to the late Emmett and Ella Elizabeth Wilson Lee. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Eldridge Lee and Jerry Douglas Lee, and by his great-grandson, Conner Watford.
He is survived by Bessie Hardy Lee, his wife of 58 years; three children; Joy (Mike) Todd, Eddie (Nettie) Lee and Sherry (John) Watford; one niece; Lorie Lee Goarcke, nine grandchildren, Josh, Jamie and Jeremy Todd, Sydney, Joey (Ashley) and Jacob Watford, J.T. and April Lee and Ashley Witchell, four great-grandchildren; Kaydance and Brayden Todd, Chasity Holland and Peyton Watford. He is also survived by many cousins.
He was a 25-year Mason at the 32nd degree Scottish Rite of Merritt Island, Fla.
At the age of 40 he retired from Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Fla., as an industrial engineer. He owned and operated the Island Oil Company in Merritt Island for a number of years. He also owned Dixie Contractors and L&S Contracting.
He was a deacon at Rye Patch Baptist Church and faithfully served his God as well as his church and its members.
Edward Lee was a hard-working man who was completely devoted to loving and providing for his family. He was a man who never met a stranger, and was always there to lend a helping hand, a friendly smile and a word of advice to anyone who needed it. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he loved to be surrounded by his family telling jokes and laughing. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and respected him.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at the Rye Patch Baptist Church with Revs. John Holbrook and Robert Long officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The
, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123-1718
Please sign our guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com. Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Coastal Courier from June 18 to June 25, 2013