Graveside service for Ray Lee was held Friday, March 27, 2020, at Powell’s Grove United Pentecostal Church Cemetery. Mr. Lee, 80, died on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at his residence.
Mr. Lee was born on July 12, 1939, to the late Robert E. Lee and Louis Beaube Lee.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Zeda L. Wade (Darrell); son-in-law, Michael L. Smith; grandson, Nathan Allen Johnson; and niece, Terri Wade.
Mr. Lee’s pride and joy were his family and grandchildren. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 54 years, Helen P. Lee; daughter, Shelia Lee-Smith; son, Robert E. Lee (Debbie); daughters, Stacey L. Hodges (Charlie), Stephanie L. Johnson (Allen), and Sandra L. Keen (Chris). He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Whitney Smith, Michael R. Smith (Alyssa), Chase Hodges, Raley Keen, Morgan Keen, Cayden Johnson, Ciera Byrd, Kayla Graves (Jonathan), Lindsey Johnson; and one great-grandchild, MacKennah Graves. Also left to cherish his memory are his beloved cousins, Paul and Betty Lee Odom, and extended family.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during peacetime between 1958-1964. He loved gardening, construction projects, and, most recently, truck driving. He founded SDL Enterprises, Inc., the family trucking business. He worked in many professions during his lifetime including civil service, landscaping, dairy manager, convenience store owner, and construction; and he was truly a jack of all trades.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Lee’s honor to the American Lung Association.