2018-05-05 / Obituaries

Austin Roosevelt Lee, Sr.

Lieutenant Colonel Retired Austin Roosevelt Lee, Sr. son of the late Ambrose Lee Sr. and Helen Brooks Lee passed on to eternal rest Monday morning April 30, 2018 following several years of declining health. At an early age he confessed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined First Baptist Church where he remained a faithful member until his health begin to fail.

LTC. Austin Lee graduated 1948 from Person County Training School, Austin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science and Military Science from Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, in 1953, and (Now North Carolina A & T State University). While at A & T he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in infantry through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corp. (ROTC), Austin was called to active duty upon graduation in 1953. Austin was married to his high school sweet heart Bessie Jay Lee on September 24, 1950. Out of this union four children were born Helen, Austin Jr., Paula, and Patrick.

Austin has had a variety of stateside and overseas assignments; his overseas assignments include Korea, 1955-56; Germany 1960-1963, Korea 1966-1967, Vietnam 1968-1969, and 1970-1971. LTC Lee is the recipient of the Army Bronze Star Medal (meritorious), Joint Military Service Award, Army Commendation Medal, and National Defense Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Expedition Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with five Campaign Stars. Armed Force Reserve Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam War Veterans Medal, Expert Marksmanship Badge and Combat Infantry Badge. Upon his retirement from the military, June 1973 he worked as a Driver’s License Examiner for the State of North Carolina. He also used his VA Benefits to graduate from Piedmont Community College with an Associate Degree in Recreational Technology and Criminal Justice. He worked diligent in his church as a member of the male and senior choir and lron Sharpens Iron Ministry. He was also an active member of the NAACP.

He leaves to mourn, his beloved wife of 67 years Bessie Jay Lee; two daughters, Helen Lee Johnson(Willie Wayne), Paula Anita Lee, Timberlake; two sons Austin Lee, Jr., and Patrick Todd Lee (Greg) of St. Petersburg, Florida; four grandchildren, Taylor Olivia Lee, Rougemont, Lillian Frances Johnson, Greensboro, Paige Austin Lee, Timberlake, one grandson Jerrick Richmond (Daijah), Durham; one great granddaughter Casey A. Richmond of Durham; one Uncle Sherman Lea; nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

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