Lesley Wayne Lee
Lesley (Les) Wayne Lee was born in Petal, MS on October 23, 1928, to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon B. Lee and was the youngest of three children. After his return from the United States Navy he married Janie Ruth Harper. They were married on December 11, 1948. There were four children born to this union: Wayne (Cindy), Debbie (Troy), Raymond (Seletta) and Renee (Rodney). There are 5 GRAND children and yes, that is with all caps because they are quite grand in our eyes. In case you donít know them by name they are Melissa, Chad, Jennifer, Joanna and Lucretia. They consumed Granny and Papaws lives and now theyíve given us 9 great grandchildren.
Our dadís greatest and most enjoyable career was with Life of Alabama as an Insurance Agent. He had great success in this job. He was awarded top awards year over year, twice being recognized as Agent of the Year for the entire company. He had a love and passion for Carterville Baptist Church. Aside from being an ordained Deacon, in his later years, his greatest memory was of being part of the committee that brought Rev. Leland Hogan to our church. After the church, he thrived in being involved in the City of Petal. He was instrumental in the cityís incorporation and he led many functions including the cityís bi-centennial. You could always find him at City Hall and he was Mr. Petal to so many in the city. In earlier years he was always up to help with fund raisers for high school state championship rings or leading the charge for a favorite politician. With so many others that are too numerous to name, Les was involved in building a great program for our City, the Optimist Club. In its time, the Optimist Club was the foundation to develop, influence and build great leaders. So many of you have mentioned this organization in your comments so we would be remiss if we did not mention this great program.
In closing we want to thank each you for loving our dad. He and our mom brought great friends into our lives. To each of you we want to share that we remember you with great fondness and how you, with our parents, poured love, leadership and influence into each of us. Our dadís greatest love was for our precious mom and we take comfort and we rejoice that his mind is healed and that he is now in the arms of Jesus. Once that happened we know that he is now dancing a jig with our mom and they are looking down upon us with a smile.
Services will be held at 11:30 AM Tuesday at Carterville Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM Tuesday at the Church.
Interment will be in Carterville Baptist Church Cemetery.