George Lee was a big man with a big heart. He grew up when Hattiesburg was much smaller and his days were filled with Main St. Baptist Church, neighborhood friends, baseball, hunting, fishing, and his grandparents' nearby farms. Listening to his stories and seeing him or hearing him laugh until he could hardly catch his breath was a highlight at many gatherings.
After working in the car business, owning The Rib Rack, being a chef and in sales, he retired to Bay St. Louis, a place he had loved since the early 70's when his family built a fishing camp there. He loved his family, his cat KC, cooking, and being in his boat (the Joint Venture), whether fishing or just watching the sun set. His classmates from Hattiesburg High Class of '66 were also dear to him.
His big heart stopped beating at his home in Bay St. Louis on the afternoon of Jan. 30, 2021. He will be terribly missed by his wife of 31 years, Lynn Martin Lee, his daughter Carrie Lee, his stepchildren Buddy Caison and Carla Gordon (Matthew), his four grandchildren; Kobe Caison, Addison Caison, Oliver Gordon, and Hunter Gordon. He also leaves behind his sister Jennifer Devereaux (Mike), his brother Mike Lee (Bethany), a stepmother, Shirley Lee, and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. I am sure he was welcomed at his passing by his father, George E Lee, Sr., his mother Billie Sue Anderson Lee, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lee, Sr., and also by some dear friends who went before him.
We will honor George's life (also known as Buddy to many) on February 14th at Heritage United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, MS at 3pm. It will be an informal service and anyone who would like to share their stories or just pay their respects is invited. Joe Garvin, a longtime friend and classmate, will speak at the gathering. Social distancing and masks will be required. The safety of his friends and family would be his first priority. The service will also be livestreamed through the Heritage United Methodist Church facebook page.