Harold Grady Richard Lee was born on May 31, 1943, in Thomasville, North Carolina. He transcended peacefully from this earthly life to his eternal life with Jesus Christ on Sunday morning, February 26, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Harold was the son of the late Morgan and Charlotte Person Lee and was the sixth of eight children; three brothers and four sisters. He learned about the love of God and the importance of family while growing up with his parents and siblings. Harold was united in holy matrimony to Mary Lee of South Carolina and then later to Leola Lee of Illinois.
Harold was a generous and kind father, grandfather, and great grandfather. From the union with Mary Lee, one daughter, Sheenna Lee, was born whom he greatly loved and cherished. He also has 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson whom he loved and supported.
Harold has been a member of Central United Methodist Church in Thomasville, North Carolina and never forgot his Christian upbringing. He was a 1961 graduate of Church Street School in Thomasville where he was a member of the varsity football team and always played the game to win! Schoolmates and church and community members fondly referred to him as “Dickie”.
Education was important to Harold. Reading, mathematics, science, and world history were subjects that he loved. He was always eager to participate in a discussion or lively debate. He had a keen, analytical mind and greatly enjoyed exploring and utilizing technology. He was also skilled at putting together mechanical projects. If it was broken, it was known that Dickie could fix it.
Harold was a dedicated worker, having a 30-year career as a long-distance commercial truck driver and member of the Teamsters Union. He particularly enjoyed frequent visits to North Carolina and barbecuing with his buddies in East St. Louis. His hobbies included traveling, photography and cruising with family and friends.
As Harold journeyed through life, whether in good times or bad, he never complained. He always found a way to show strength and perseverance. He was a man who had a big heart and a warm glowing smile. He had a free spirit, never met a stranger, and was always willing to give his fellow man a helping hand. While on his mission in life, Harold lived by the words: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) .
Harold leaves to cherish loving memories: his wife, Leola Lee of East St. Louis; his daughter, Sheenna Lee of Jamestown; Mary Lee, mother of Sheenna of Jamestown; his grandson, Richard Lee (Stephanie) of High Point; his granddaughter, Katrina Sada Lee of Jamestown; his great-grandson, Cameron Lee of High Point and his great granddaughter Asia Watkins of High Point. He also leaves his sister, Carolyn Lee Russell (Robert) of Hickory; two sisters in-law, Dr. Margaret Lee, (Curtis, deceased) of Emporia, VA and Willie Sherrill Lee (Tony, deceased) of Philadelphia, PA.
He was preceded in death by three brothers: Harry Lee, Tony Lee, Curtis Lee and three sisters: Katrina Lee Buksha, Edna Jean Lee Shavis, and Linda Lee; and one sister in law, Mary Lee.
Special loved ones left to treasure his memories are his “play son”, Dwight Sparks of East St. Louis, IL; his cherished friend, Gene, also of East St. Louis; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends. Harold was greatly loved. He will always be cherished.