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Shirley Lee


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Shirley Lee
Shirley Jean Fort Lee, 77, was called to her heavenly home Nov. 1, 2018, in Fort Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Cleo Fort; her husband, the Rev. Lorenzo Lee; two sisters, Dorothy Tatum and Johnny Watkins; and two sons, Jerome Roberts and Derek Todd.
Mrs. Lee was born Jan. 10, 1941, in Carthage. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she was an educator for over 40 years. As a special education teacher, she received the Golden Apple Award for her service and dedication to the education of young minds.
A faithful member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church, she served as the minister of music, playing the piano for many years. A willing servant of God in many capacities, she lent a helping hand to everyone. She was a mother, a teacher and a friend to all that she knew.
Mrs. Lee served on the committee for the development of the Fort Smith Convention Center, was a member of the Phyllis Wheatly Club and Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
She leaves behind two sons, Rodney (Brenda) Lee of Mira Loma, Calif., and Cozax (Katherine) Lee of Fort Smith; one sister, Carolyn Idowu of Las Vegas; one brother, Claybourn Thrower of Milwaukee; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Special thanks to Sister Lasonia Whitmore and the Rev. Andrew Robertson and wife Cathy Robertson. Your loving kindness, help and daily support brought us added comfort.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Oak Cemetery, under the direction of Rowell-Parish Mortuary in Fort Smith.
Family visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Friday at Rowell-Parish Mortuary, 611 N. Ninth St., Fort Smith, AR 72901. (479) 782-9200.
Published in Times Record on Nov. 8, 2018
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