TRENT WOODS - William (Bill) D. Lee, Jr., 81, passed away on July 25, 2012, after a brief illness. He was a retired public school teacher. He was a graduate of Campbell College and received Bachelors and Masters Degrees from East Carolina University.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mavis C. Lee, and their three children, Susan Lee Nelson of Monroe, Ronnie Lee and wife Kathie of Oak Island, and Bryan Lee and wife Audrey of Comfort. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren who are going to miss Granddaddy's smiles, hugs, singing and making homemade ice cream. They are Christy T. Roddy and husband Richard of Waxhaw and their children, Joshua, Madeline and Hannah; Jackie T. Watson and husband Tommy of Indian Trail and their children, Caleb, Karis and Zeke; Karen T. Mathieson and husband Jamie, also of Waxhaw, and their children, James and Will; Allison Lee of New Bern, Annie and Katie Lee and Kirby Carter of Oak Island; Kristina Lee, Matthew Philyaw, Eric Philyaw and his son Ryan of Comfort. His extended family includes three sisters-in-law, Anne C. Nelson (Joe), Linda C. Speight, and Linda C. Hill (Reggie), all of New Bern, and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William D. Lee, Sr. and Alvirada Stokes Lee.
Bill was a member of First Baptist Church, New Bern, where he had served as deacon, Sanctuary Choir member, Director of the Youth Choir and Sunday School teacher. He also sang in several performances of Handel's Messiah, singing the tenor solo as well as in the chorus.
As a 30 year employee of Craven County Schools, he touched the lives of many people as their teacher, co-worker and friend ... He designed and oversaw the construction of the driver education range and instructional simulators facility at West Craven High School. He was also instrumental in developing the curriculum used in numerous driver and safety education programs, including a program for motorcycle safety as well as defensive driving techniques.
Mr. Lee loved his family and took great pride in their accomplishments. He enjoyed his children's music recitals and concerts, baseball, softball and football games and the dance recitals, gymnastics competitions, football and soccer games of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at First Baptist Church on Saturday, July 28, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the sanctuary, and other times at the home. Those wishing to offer words of hope or condolences may visit http://www.pollockbest.com.
The Lee Family is entrusted to Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.