- Dennis Raymond Lee
- Date of Death:
- Jun 17, 2010
- Location of Service:
- Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home - Paris
Life-long resident of
He is preceded in death by his father, Eddie Lee, mother, Sadie Chance Lee, sister, Mary Jo Lee Fowler, wife, Margie Bankhead Lee , and daughter, Carmen Anita Lee.
Dennis is survived by his brother, Ridjell Lee, his wife Marie Robb Lee of Paris, and their children, R. Scott Lee,
Something he was very reluctant to discuss, First Lt. Dennis R. Lee was a highly decorated veteran of World War II. As the officer in charge of Forward Observer Teams (also known as Fire Support Specialist), he forever mourned the substantial combat fatalities sustained by the enlisted men under his command. Medals and recognition include the Silver Star (the third highest award for heroism in combat), Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster, American Defense (commonly called Pre-Pearl Harbor Medal), European Theater Medal with 4 Campaign Stars (Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardenes-Alsace), WWII Victory Medal, and many more (Expert Pistol, Sharpshooter Medal for Rifle, et al) shared with thousands of brave men and women serving in World War II.
Additionally, along with others of his unit, Dennis was awarded the French Liberation Medal awarded by the City of Metz, France for liberating
In 1939, Dennis took the postal entrance exam but was called to the Army in 1940. Upon returning from WWII, he began his career with the United States Postal Service. Holding almost every job the Post Office had to offer, Letter Carrier, Carrier Technician, Supervisor, Foreman of the Mails, Supervisor of Mails and Delivery, Superintendent of Postal Operations, and Postmaster. He retired as Postmaster in 1982 to support his wife Margie, through an ever-worsening disease. Margie passed away, at home in hospice care with Dennis by her side in July 2002. During his postal career, Dennis served as “President of Paris Branch 501 of the National Association of Letter Carriers”, “Director of Texas State Association of Letter Carriers”, “Treasurer, Vice President, and later President of TSALC”.
Retirement, as most people know it, never happened for Dennis. As a long-time Lay Reader, and later Sub-Deacon at Holy Cross Episcopal, he found a calling to visit home and hospital bound individuals administering appropriate prayers and conducting communion services. During this time, he collected and researched the journals and records from the pioneers establishing Holy Cross Paris and served as the biographer of The History of Holy Cross through 1916.
Dennis may have been best known as the “Popcorn Man” at
Following retirement from the Post Office, Dennis became very interested in researching Margie’s family tree. It took him many years of correspondences, trips to libraries, and is now contained in numerous volumes; but, he was completely captivated by the possibilities. His daughter Carmen had joined him in his quest, and they were constant companions in all things genealogy. Dennis was an active volunteer at the Paris Genealogy Society Library. With his knowledge of
Dennis was flattered to serve as Grand Marshal of
Honoring Dennis as pall bearers will be
Visitation is scheduled for 7:00 – 8:00pm Tuesday, June 22 at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home, Paris. The Burial Rite is scheduled for 11:00am Wednesday, June 23 at Church of the Holy Cross, Episcopal, Paris. Inurnment will follow in the Columbarium located adjacent to the church. The service will be conducted by The Rev. Dr. Terry Germann, The Rev. Betty C. Clement, and assisted by Lay Reader, Jim Bell.
In lieu of flowers, if so inclined, please make a donation to your favorite charity, or The Carmen Lee Endowment Fund at the Church of the
The family wishes to extend their most sincere appreciation to family, friends, and caregivers, including most recently at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veteran’s Home, for the outpouring of support and encouragement during Dennis’ most personally challenging time.
- Location of Services:
- Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home
- 730 Clarksville Street