Oliver LEE

Family-Placed Death Notice

LEE, Oliver OLIVER LEE A service of celebration for the life of Mr. Oliver Lee will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 11:00AM at West Mitchell CME Church, 560 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., NW, Rev. Manuel Henderson, Pastor with Rev. Christopher M. Waller, pastor of Butler Street CME Church, officiating. Interment, Westview Cemetery. The remains will be placed in state at West Mitchell CME Church at 10:00AM. The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 17, 2013 (THIS AFTERNOON) at Butler Street CME Church, 23 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr., SE from 4:00-6:00PM. Family and friends will assemble on Monday, February 18, 2013 10:30AM at West Mitchell CME Church. Oliver Lee was born July 29, 1950 in Savannah, Georgia to the late Gus and Ruth Frazier Lee, the first son of this union. He attended elementary and junior high school in the segregated public schools of Savannah Georgia. In 1965, near the end of his ninth grade high school year, he was selected for A Better Chance (ABC), a program inviting talented low-income youth to attend elite private schools to help them gain entry to the middle class. In a 1994 newspaper article in The Wall Street Journal, Oliver said the program "lifted his horizons" as he attended Cheshire Academy, a prep school near New Haven, Connecticut where he was one of only three blacks in his class. He graduated from Cheshire with honors in 1968 and enrolled in Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972. Following his graduation from Dartmouth, Oliver attended the Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee and earned the Juris Doctorate Degree in 1975. He was very proud that in 1979 he was "duly admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counsellor of the Supreme Court of the United States." Oliver began his career as a Corporate and Securities lawyer. He was a Trial Attorney for six years with the Securities and Exchange Commission in both the Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia offices before moving into private law firm practice specializing in Securities Law. He worked in this area for more than twenty years and was a partner with several Atlanta law firms, including Hurt, Richardson, Garner, Todd & Cadenhead, Long, Aldridge & Norman, and Troutman Sanders. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Atlanta Bar Association where he was former chairman of the Minority Clerkship Committee and former member of the Board of Directors. He was also a past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals and a member of the Georgia Utilities Contractors Association. His strong interest in entrepreneurship led to his involvement as founding partner, co-partner, or major shareholder in several businesses and developments, including Integral Municipal Services, National Concessions Management LLC, ScanTech Holdings, SIPCO LLC, and a host of other technological and real estate ventures. He was passionate about business development, loved the work of crafting successful corporate projects, and worked hard to pass that enthusiasm and work ethic on to his children. Oliver was also an active member of the community and was highly involved with several associations and boards. He was passionate about his service and once said, "I feel we all have an obligation to give back to the community in some way. There is a great sense of satisfaction knowing you can impact other people's lives by being involved in this kind of service." He worked closely with the Butler Street CME Church where his family holds membership. He was a member of the 1990 Class of Leadership Atlanta, past president of the Pace Academy Parents Club, past trustee with the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, past chairman of the South DeKalb YMCA, former member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee Metropolitan YMCA. His work in the healthcare arena was of special importance to him. He began his tenure on the DeKalb County Hospital Authority Board of Directors in 1988 and in 1995 joined both the DeKalb Regional Healthcare System Board of Directors and the DeKalb Medical Center Board of Directors. He was a Trustee with Promina Healthcare Systems from 1997-2005 and was appointed Chairman of the DeKalb Regional Healthcare System Board of Directors in 2007. He remained highly involved in both his business and community work until his passing on February 13, 2013. Though he moved easily between courtrooms and boardrooms, Oliver was most at home on the sidelines or in the stands at a soccer field or basketball gym. His favorite pastime was coaching his children and watching them play. He was Kristen, Jason and Jonathan's first coach and always their biggest fan and cheerleader. His ardent and very vocal support made him well known by referees at the YMCAs, high schools and elite leagues where his children played. And they, in turn, admired his athletic talents. No one cheered louder as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Atlanta Braves before one 2008 game. A doting father and grandfather, a friend, confidante and mentor to many, Oliver was always willing to lend a helping hand and offer advice, encouragement and support with patience, wisdom and love. His love for his family and friends was ever faithful, ever giving, every present and everlasting. He will be greatly missed and forever cherished. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 39 years, Gloria Harper Lee; daughter Kristen Lee Barnett (Keith); sons, Jason Oliver Lee and Jonathan Harper Lee; his beloved granddaughter, Kennedy Estelle Barnett all of Atlanta, Georgia; brothers Larry Lee (Ayanna) of Chester, South Carolina and Alvin Leroy Lee of Savannah, Georgia; sisters Granelle Lee, Idella Lee Cooper (Ronald), Gussie Marie Lawrence (Donovan) all of Savannah, Georgia and Ruby Strong (George) of Pompano Beach, Florida; uncles Rev. Richard Frazier (Carolyn) of Rome, Georgia and Allen Frazier of Ellicott, Maryland; aunts, Martha Martin of New York, New York, Katie Bing of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Gladys Frazier of Hilton Head, South Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members, dear friends and colleagues. His sister Ruby Jenkins preceded him in death. Driven by innovation, determination and love for our community, DeKalb Medical is advancing medicine through its comprehensive cancer program. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Oliver Lee to the DeKalb Medical Foundation, 2701 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033, [email protected] Carl M. Williams Funeral Dirs., Inc., 492 Larkin St, SW, 404-522-8454, www.carlmwilliams.com
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Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 17, 2013.
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Kristen, Belated, i am sending my sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. You are in my prayers.
Debbie Sullivan
May 18, 2013
Love u forever in my heart
Idella lee Cooper
April 19, 2013
To the Lee Family: Belatedly, I have only now learned of the passing of Oliver. Please accept this expression of sincerest sympathy at his passing and much, much gratitude for his life. I was a member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1975 and for many years worked and practiced law in Atlanta. Oliver was a friend and mentor. He probably never knew it, but he was the "big college brother" whose character and achievements I admired and looked up to. I lost touch through the years, as I have with so many friends, but please know that Oliver's influence on me shows up daily in the work I do and causes I serve. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Eric L. Martin, Esq./CFEE/Dartmouth '75
President and CEO, Music for All, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN
April 19, 2013
To the Lee Family ~ I recently became aware of Mr. Lee's death. I met him briefly through our work with Dekalb Medical and knew that he was a special person. His life speaks for itself. May God's peace be with you.
E. JoAnn Bacon
March 2, 2013
To the Lee family,
Oliver was truely a GOD sent and special person that we were blessed to have known. He visited my wife three times to check on her while at DeKalb Medical on N.Decatur Road in 2011. I could always look to Oliver for good solid knowledge and answers. We would talk by phone sometimes two or three times a day on various projects and/or meet for coffee or breakfast. Ours prayers and thoughts are with you all now and forever.
Ron and Fannie Bivins
Ron and Fannie Bivins
February 26, 2013
Oliver was such a great support and a man of great charcter. His advocacy for Hillandale was cruicial to the development of the hospital. He will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss.
Clay Fowler
February 25, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Lee family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
February 23, 2013
Our Condolences...
Wilkes Family
February 22, 2013
Dear Gloria,
I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your husband! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close and lift you up at this difficult time.
In sympathy,
Cathy Archibald
Cathy Archibald
February 20, 2013
To the Lee family as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love of God and the support of family and friends.
S. Griggs
February 20, 2013
Gloria, Kristen, Jason and Jonathan

Words are inadequate to express our heartfelt sorrow at the discovery of the passing of our dear friend and colleaque.You will continue to be in our hearts and prayers.

Just hold on--God will keep you!
Carlton Stewart
February 20, 2013
Words can never convey the sorrow of such a loss a family incurs. I just want you to know that my thoughts are with you and your family as you face this difficult time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
February 20, 2013
Sybil shared with Rhynette and me the news of Oliver's passing. We remember him fondly from the days back at the Yoke. Please know you have our deepest sympathy.
Deborah Northcross
February 20, 2013
Dear Gloria,
I am so sad to hear of your husband, Oliver's passing. It was a true privilege to be at the Wake on Sunday and to hear of his life as a husband, father, community server, and business man. Your children are wonderful. It was so good to see them all grown up. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Rhoda Joyner
Rhoda Joyner
February 19, 2013
Dear Gloria, Jason, Jonathan, Kristen:

I just learned of the passing of Oliver, my dear friend and soccer buddy. He was passionate and caring about everything, particularly about his family and friends. Toussaint and I will always treasure the many good conversations on and off the soccer field.

With Sympathy and Blessings,

Shirley Friar and Toussaint McClure
February 19, 2013
We know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in our every thought and prayer. We will miss our friend, I am deeply saddened by the passing of Oliver, I am very proud to have been able to call him my friend! Dudley and wendy Berry
Dudley Berry
February 19, 2013
We know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in our every thought and prayer, we will miss Oliver deeply. I am truly saddened by his passing! I was proud to call him my friend!
Dudley and wendy Berry Tucker ga
February 19, 2013
I knew and loved Oliver Lee as a fellow ABC student. He was kind and bright young man at Hubert Jr. High and destined for great things. We will miss him dearly. God bless his beautiful family and keep you his loving arms.
Judy Fields
February 19, 2013
Dear Gloria, I am so very sad for you all. Pease know that you have been on my heart since I learned of Oliver's passing. I was with you in spirit at the service.
Ann Whitley
February 19, 2013
Chip Joyner
February 19, 2013
Condolences to the Lee family from a Dartmouth friend
Thomas Price
February 18, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
February 18, 2013
I am sorry to hear of the loss for the Lee family.
My thoughts and prayers are with them.
John Mayer
February 18, 2013
To Gloria, Kristen, Jason and Jonathan: My prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow. The fond memories of your loved one will be remembered.

Mr. Lee was a dedicated person to his family and the community. Our family ties go back many years doing our time spent at our children's soccer games at the YMCA.
Diane Bramlett
February 18, 2013
To the Lee Family,

I am truly sorry for your loss.

Kris, Jason and Jonathan: I know how close each of you were to your father and what an influence he had on your lives. Losing him will not be easy to deal with but the way you are handling it and helping your family is truly amazing. Your strength inspires me. Your father would be so proud of the persons you have become. We will miss him.

Mrs. Lee: I knew Mr. Lee from church, but from all I have witnessed of his time at Butler Street, he was a loving husband, a good father and a devoted Papa to Kennedy. I know that whenever his name was mentioned at church or even in Atlanta, everyone had nothing but nice things to say about him. He will be long remembered for all the good works he did. Your children are such shining examples of the great job that both of you did in raising them. They will always be a constant reminder of his love and influence on them.

I know each of you have a profound faith in God and I know that He will sustain you during this transition and difficult time. May the memories of him be your comfort that will live in your hearts forever. All of you are in my continued prayers.

With Love and Sympathy,
Serena (Sims) Tate
Serena (Sims) Tate
February 18, 2013
Our love and prayers are with you during this time. How blessed you were to have had such a fine man in your lives! His legacy will continue through you.
Rhonda Bowden
February 18, 2013
I met Oliver in the mid '80s when he was the South DeKalb YMCA Board Chair. It was at this time when he and the executive committee hired me as the Executive Director. His vision and committment to the YMCA during that period repositioned the South DeKalb YMCA both programmatically and financially.

I will always remain greatful to Oliver for his mentorship over the years.

My deepest & sincerest condolences from my family and the YMCA.
Eston Hood
February 18, 2013
Praying for strength and comfort for the family. Attorney Lee was always such a great encourager. He will be missed.
Tamara Grier
February 18, 2013
Oliver was a good man with a good heart. He was well respect by many. My heart and prayers goes out to the Family. Michael Cooper, Lithonia, Ga.
February 18, 2013
Does anyone know if the service will be streamed live on the Internet?
February 18, 2013
To the Lee family, just want you all to know that you have my sympathy, in the passing of my friend Oliver, may God continue to bless you all.Mamie Brown Douse,Savannah, Ga.
February 18, 2013
Sorry for your loss,in memory of Hattie and Earnest Lee,you have our sympathy, the Brown family. Savannah, Ga.
February 18, 2013
Dear Gloria, Kristen, Jason and Jonathan,

We were so saddened to hear of the passing of your husband and father. We will all miss him but he has left a lasting legacy that you should be proud of. We are unable to attend the service, but you are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

May God bless you.
Marshalyn, Ralph and Tim Allsopp and Whitney Allsopp Jackson
February 17, 2013
To: My Dear Family,

I said family, due to being around you all my life. To his wife, children, grand, Tee-Tee, Gwen, Della, Larry and Alvin may memories of Oliver give you peace now and always.

Growing up, in Wise Court I remember Oliver as a kind, gentle spirit. A true "PRINCE" and GOD needed a Prince in Heaven.

My love and Prayers are with you always.

Juliette-Baldwin Freeman
February 17, 2013
Oliver Lee is simply changing form and composition to enjoy eternal life.
William Strong
February 17, 2013
Kristen to you and family my most sincere
condolence and God's Blessings. Kristen your Dad was a true friend and I will miss all of his mentoring that he did for me and he would say there isn't a charge for legal service just donate the check to one of his organizations that he supported, that was Oliver my friend.
Lucian Dillingham
February 17, 2013
My condolences to the family.
February 17, 2013
Oliver will be missed by many, May god bless his family and keep them strong in their time of sorrow
Robert Petite
February 17, 2013
To Gloria Lee & Family:

Please excuse the typo. That was a Falcon Football Game I was referring to. God Bless.
Carolyn L White & Family
February 17, 2013
May God keep watch over the "Lee family" in his loving arms.
Roselyn Melville
February 17, 2013
"Please forgive me for my loss of words at this time. I will be praying for you and your family. My condolences."
Kathy Turner
February 17, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Samantha Strong
February 17, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to Gloria, Kristen, Jason and Jonathan. It's been many years since we last saw Oliver. However, we fondly remember our days of fun at Basketball and in the Cub Scouts. Sincerely, Dave, Hazel and Darryl LaBarrie
February 17, 2013
Gloria, Kristen, Jason, Jonathan, and Kennedy. You have my heartfelt and deepest
sympathy. I am so fond of you and your family. May God continue to hold you with His powerful hands continually.

Charles(Ken) will always remember Mr. Lee...he took him to his first FalsonGame with Jason.
Tomia will always love you and your family as well. We are no longer at Butler Street, but the church always remain in our hearts. God's love. God Bless You.
Carolyn L. White & Family
February 17, 2013
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