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Willie James Lee

Willie James Lee

May 25, 1925 - April 30, 2019

Willie James Lee, 93, of Kinston, North Carolina, passed away on April 30, 2019, at UNC Lenoir Hospital, Kinston, NC. He was the first born child to parents Melvin Lee and Classie Lee, on May 25, 1925 in Snow Hill, North Carolina. He loved all his relatives, known to most as " Uncle Will or Will", and was always trying to find a way to bring his family together at a cookout or family reunion. He could barbecue a pig just right, the best! <br /> <br /> He received his education from East Greene County School and was later drafted into the US Army. Willie worked as a Farmer and as a Foreman/Installer of Floor Tile throughout his working years. After many years of service, he retired from Ellis Jones Tile Company of Kinston, NC. He enjoyed gardening, grilling, auto mechanics, carpentry, riding his three wheel mopeds, and his dogs. <br /> <br /> Willie and Lucille Belcher (Lee) were married in 1953, in Norfolk, Virginia . Together they raised six children: Willie Donald Lee of Rocky Mount, NC; Melvin L. Lee(Sharol) of Rocky Mount, NC; Doris L. Pope(Wilbert) of Lithonia, Georgia; James A. Lee(Vanessa) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Laura L. Sutton of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and a Stepdaughter Gracie Jones(Redding), deceased. <br /> <br /> Willie is survived by a very special friend, Julia Faye Sutton & his loving daughter, Gloria Ann Lee, both of the Home; his six children (previously listed); a stepdaughter, Mary L. Williams(Morris) of Winterville, NC; 13 grandchildren & 19 great grandchildren, Sharmica Lee (Malachi), Kevin Lee, William Lee, Alicia & James Jones (Jasmine, Stephanie, Jayden), Katrina Pope & Robert Whitehurst (Kenisha), Joshua Pope, Keyma Lee (Kingsley), LeVonda & David Robertson, James Lee, Jr. & Jessica, Herman Leon & Timon Best (Donovan, Trynity, Harmony), Lauran Best (Darrion); Karen Jones(Alasia, Aniyah), & Tammy Orr; a specially devoted niece & nephew, Rubell Hood of Snow Hill, NC & Billy Earl Raspberry of Kinston, NC; and other nieces, brothers & sister in-laws, relatives & friends . <br /> <br /> He was preceded in death by his Parents, Willie and Classie Lee, 2 stepdaughters, Arbadella Suggs & <br /> Gracie Redding, 1 Granddaughter (Lucille), 1 Great Grandson, 2 Sisters <br /> & 3 Brothers. The family has entrusted Trinity Memorial Funeral Home with the arrangements. A Funeral and Burial Service is scheduled for May 8, 2019, 12:00 pm at the Trinity Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Hwy 258, Kinston NC

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    I remember growing up, my dad had a farm and taught me how to drive a tractor pulling a trailer down the tobacco rows, around 5 years old. I could barely touch the pedals. He taught all kids to work at an early age. At home we had Ponies, chickens, pigs, hogs, goats, bicycles, dogs, motorcycle, and plenty of stuff to play with to keep us safe, fed and entertained at home, not in the streets 😂
    Laura Sutton May 03, 2019
    I remember my dad’s beautiful and strong singing voice. While in bed very early in the morning, I would wake up to my dad working outside and singing one of is favorite gospel songs I would go outside to sit on the porch and listen to him sing. I loved hearing him sing and I still go back to that time in my life when I think of him.
    Doris Pope May 03, 2019