July 19, 1922 – Sept. 27, 2013
John Vaughan Lee, Sr. departed this life on September 27, 2013.
He was born in Jacksonville, Florida the son of Frances and William Lee and one of ten children.
John graduated from Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia and earned degrees from Union College and Clemson University. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II and continued to serve his country as a physicist with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and the United States Navy until his retirement.
He loved his country and was devoted to his family. He was an avid sailor and was well known as a competitor throughout the sailing community around the Gulf of Mexico.
He was married and is survived by Ann Kennedy Lee, his wife of 69 years, brothers David and Vaughan, his sister Betty, his son John, Jr. and daughter-in-law Nancy Taylor Lee. He had two grandchildren, Benjamin and Taylor Ann. His son Benjamin predeceased him.
A Memorial Service will be held on October 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Westminster Village Spanish Fort, Alabama to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to the National Naval Aviation Museum at 1750 Radford Blvd. Suite C, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida 32508 or by phone at (850) 452-3296.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Oct. 4, 2013