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March 23, 1926-April 5, 2007

Charles Owen Lee, 81, died peacefully Thursday at Beth Sholom Home in Richmond, Va.

Mr. Lee was born in Seven Springs, North Carolina to the late Rev. Percy Owen Lee and Bernice Buck Lee.

Upon graduating high school at Randolph Macon Military Academy in 1943, Charlie went on to serve his country as part of "America's Greatest Generation," serving in Germany as part of the United States Army until July 31, 1946. During the war, he also played the trombone in the military band.

Charlie graduated from East Carolina University and received his Master's Degree at Appalachian State University. He was a valued teacher and coach, helping to mold numerous Goldsboro students and athletes. During 28 years of service, Charlie coached State Championship teams in basketball and tennis.

Charlie was named the National Horace Mann Rookie of the Year in 1975 and achieved life millionaire status every year he was with the company. In 1980, he was named to the Horace Mann Hall of Fame, the most prestigious honor an agent can achieve for career excellence.

Mr. Lee is survived by his daughters, Jan Lee Wicker and her husband, Chris, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and Teri Lee Casey and husband, John, of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Robert E. "Bob" Lee and his wife, Mary Grantham, of West End, N.C. Survivors also include four grandchildren, Caroline Brame, Paul Wicker, Catherine Brame, Lee Wicker and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charlie Lee was a sweet and loving father, a true friend to many and a man who had a very positive impact on generations of families in the Goldsboro community. Nothing made him happier than being with his daughters, grandchildren and playing golf with his buddies. He will be missed deeply by his family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the Seymour Funeral Home on Monday, April 9 from 7 until 9 p.m. Services will be held on Tuesday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Revs. Dr. Homer E. Morris and Dr. George Megill officiating. Interment will be held at Wayne Memorial Park with Military honors.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Goldsboro's Sterling House and Beth Sholom Home, especially Unit 4, for their loving care and support of "Coach."

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60607 and the Beth Sholom Home at 1600 John Rolfe Parkway, Richmond, Virginia 23238.

(Written & Paid by the Family)

Published in Obituaries on April 8, 2007 8:57 AM