Jimmy David Lee was born July 14th, 1944 in Houston Texas to Mary Meador Lee and Ralph Lee. Jimmy was a genius, an inventor, an entrepreneur and a force of nature that loved with his whole heart. Jimmy lived more life than most ever will. He was inspirational in his character and physical being. Jimmy was a proud Texan. You looked at Jimmy, you saw a true Texas gentleman.
Jimmy, also known to his work family as JD Lee, owned several businesses, but his most beloved, was his urethane business. He loved the challenge of a hard job and coming up with a solution. His employees were more like his extended family. Jimmy loved all animals. Especially his collies, his beagle Storm, his guineas, Diesel and Ethel, 4 mini donkeys, and "momma kitty". In his free time Jimmy enjoyed going deep sea fishing.
Jimmy married the love of his life; Holly Ronee Bartee Lee on September 9th, 2009. Jimmy and Holly’s love affair started nearly 30 years ago. Jimmy and Holly cherished each other, until Jimmy took his last breath on August 6th, 2021. Holly never left his side.
Jimmy is survived by his loving wife, Holly; daughters, TaShana Lee Burke and husband Sean of San Jose, CA, Rebecca Lee of Aiken SC, Bristol Lee of Aiken, SC; son, Blake Bartee of Huntington Beach, CA; bonus son/friend, Ben Bentley and wife Heather of Caddo Mills, TX; brother, David Lee of Tucson, AZ; sisters, Helen Sandra Lee and Jacqueline Nash; grandchildren, Tylee O’Shannon Wilson, Sydney Anne Lee, Brechlin Lee Burke, Lyndl Burke, Kestin Lee Burke, and bonus granddaughter, Madison Bentley. And so many friends in the urethane industry and all over.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Jason Troy Lee.
Jimmy Lee will be forever missed. There are some people, knowing they are in the world makes it a better place. Jimmy Lee was definitely one of them.
A celebration of life with follow after the graveside service at the Lee residence.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations are made to the GoFundMe at https://gofund.me/60556a28
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