James “Jay” Edgar Lee, 72, of Kenefick, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 24, 1946, in Houston, Texas to the late John Edgar and Rita Joyce Brown Lee. After graduating from high school, Jay enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served his country during the Vietnam Conflict. At the time of his discharge, he was a Sergeant and had completed special education and training during his service. He also received the National Defense, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign Medals and was a member of ARMY in Communications.
Jay was an appliance technician who owned and operated Lee’s Major Appliance for more than 35 years before his retirement in 2005. He also drove a school bus for the Dayton ISD for 12 years.
Jay loved the great outdoors, especially camping. He was dedicated to scouting and was a former Cub Scout Master and Scout Master for Troop 64. Jay was an avid fan and collector of anything Elvis Presley. If he was listening to Elvis, the entire community could hear it and his room was dedicated and decorated to his favorite star.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents; his three brothers and three sisters. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 23 years Stephanie Stephens Lee of Kenefick; his son James Elliot Lee of Liberty County; his step-daughters Shelly Rossow of Kenefick and Lesa Paulk of Rosenberg; his eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; his sisters Evelyn Lee of Granbury and Patricia Middleton of Kenefick; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Jay will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers will be Blake Presnull, Bo Presnull, Landen Presnull, Anthony Paulk, Eric Paulk, and Nathaniel Paulk.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5pm until 7pm on Monday, July 29, 2019, in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street in Dayton. A funeral service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Sterling Funeral Home. A graveside service and committal with military honors will immediately follow in Ryan Cemetery in Tarkington Prairie.