Robert Edwin Lee (Bob), 88 years old of LaFollette Tennessee was greeted by his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
Bob was born in Cornelia, Georgia and lived in Florida, Virginia, Michigan and New Jersey before settling in the hills of Tennessee. He is predeceased by his parents Orville and Shirley Lee and a sister, Marilyn Lee Boehling.
He grew up in Richmond, Virginia and graduated from The College of William and Mary with a BS degree in Business Administration.
Bob served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 in Korea. Bob worked 20 years as Assistant Director of Insurance and Pension for General Motors in Detroit, Michigan followed by Director of Insurance at Bendix Corporation in Detroit and finally retiring from Allied-Signal Inc in Morristown, New Jersey in 1996. In his own words he said, “Since retiring, I have worked for many organizations that do not pay money. They have, however, paid me more than they will ever know.”
Bob served as President of Habitat for Humanity from 1999-2001 but also helped build houses, apply for grants and did land acquisitions from 1997-2007.
Bob was proud to serve on the Board of LaFollette Medical Center as Vice Chairman from 2001-2008 and returned to the Board in 2011 as Chairman, until his death.
Bob served on two committees for Catholic Health Partners and said that this was one of the most dedicated group of men that he had ever worked with.
Throughout his life, Bob served on many different committees and held various offices at every church he was a member.
He served on the Board of the Shepherd’s Home, and helped raise funds to build a new local Fire Station. Some of Bob’s other passion volunteer activities included; Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, House of Hope and Camp Galilee Bible Camp. Bob and his wife, Janet were members of their beloved Cedar Hill Baptist Church in LaFollette.
Bob is survived by the love of his life, Janet Satterwhite Lee (Lovingly referred to as Sugar Babe). They were married for 66 years, raised four children; Brenda Lee Alspaugh (Charles), Susan Lee Crevistion (Bob), Robert Manning Lee (Deborah) and Lisa Lee Davis (Chris). He was Papa to ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Bob also is survived by his sister Lois Lee Brown of Connecticut. He was loved by many other relatives and friends from all over the country in addition to the community of LaFollette, Tennessee.
Bob’s many contributions were always in partnership with his wife Janet. They enjoyed living on Norris Lake and spending many hours boating and participating in water activities with their family. They had many loved Family cats over the years, but he had a special bond with the one in his home now, Baby.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at Cedar Hill Baptist Church, 636 Demory Road , Lafollette, TN 37766. At 10:00 am Saturday we will have a visitation at the church followed by a service at 11:00. A graveside service will be held at Powell Valley Cemetery following the service with Military honors given by the Campbell County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations made to: Pastors Discretionary Fund at Cedar Hill Baptist Church or Cedar Hill Baptist Church Food Pantry
The arrangements are being handled by Cross-Smith Funeral Home in LaFollette, TN (cross-smith funeral home.com).