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Benjamin R Lee

June 1, 1931 ~ November 18, 2020 (age 89)

Obituary

Benjamin Ray Lee Sr. died Nov. 18 in Shelby Baptist Medical
Center of age related problems. He was born July 1, 1931 to Richard
Andrew and Mildred Inez Miller Lee in Decatur. Ben started work at
the age twelve at a local grocery store, picked cotton on Billy Goat
Hill, unloaded gravel and sand train cars by shovel, worked for Mary
Burke Florist and at All States Motor Court, all as a teenager. After
graduating Riverside High School in 1949, he joined the Marines
and was a Korean War Veteran. He served on a ship and traveled to
at least 15 different countries while in the Marines. After the
Marines he came back to Decatur and worked at J C Penny. Later he
joined AT &T Telephone Co (South Central Bell) and retired in
1985 to start his own business in telephone & security systems. His
business, The Lee Group, employed all his children and all
grandchildren at different times. He volunteered with Jr Service
League, Little League Baseball as an Umpire and donated his pay
back to the league, Methodist Church, Boy Scouts, at Moulton
Elementary School as Reading Aid and Lawrence County Archives
as long as his health allowed. He was a member of Liberty United
Methodist Church. Preceded in death by his parents and brother
Louis Ronald Lee; he is survived by his wife of 68 years Anne
Sivley Lee, brother Richard C. Lee, daughters Andrea and son-in-
law Rod Morgan, Karen Lee Dutton, son Ben Lee Jr.; grandchildren
Jason, Corey Morgan (Cristy), Seth Dutton, Adam, Abby & Scott
(Erica) Lee; great grandchildren Angelina Morgan, Peyton Lee,
Ayden Dutton and Scarlett Lee, nieces and nephews, and friends. He
will be buried in Morris Chapel Cemetery West. There will be
no service at this time. Donations may be made to Liberty United
Methodist Church, Lawrence County Archives or charity of your
choice. A Celebration of Life may be held later. Parkway Funeral Home directing. 

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