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In Memory

Joe Lee

Joe Lee

Joe Maxwell Lee(1951 - 2016)


Joe Maxwell Lee passed away at home with his family beside him on December 20, 2016 after a lon
illness. Until his retirement in 2015, his most recent job was Vice President and Sales Manager for
Mechanical Supply Inc. for 25 years. He was adored by all his clients and customers.
Joe was always thinking of others and dedicated the last 27 years of his life to helping them in many
different ways throughout the Charlotte community. He loved playing golf and was a volunteer at the
Wells Fargo Championship since its beginning until his illness prevented him from being there. He lo
being at the 17th tee box.
He was born on August 16, 1951 in Columbus, Georgia to parents James Calvin Lee and Lois White Lee. He is surv
by his loving wife, Linda Eccles Lee, son Tyler John and wife Katherine Elena; daughter Lauren Mekenzie; stepson
Nickolas Loretto Drozd; brothers Robert Elisha, James Calvin, Jr. (deceased) and Herbert Eugene (deceased).
A memorial service is being held on December 29, 2016 at 3p.m. at Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service; 1111
Blvd; Charlotte, NC 28203. The family will receive family and friends prior to the service at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flower
family and friends may donate in his name to any one of the wonderful charitable organizations in the Charlotte
Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at
Funeral Home
Hankins & Whittington
1111 East Boulevard Cha rlotte, NC 28203
(704) 315-6241
Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 25, 2016


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10/04/18 08:05 AM #1    

Brad Hendricks

Joe was a good friend and one of the funniest people ever. When he was in the company of Doug Smith and Danny Thomas, it was quite a show. 

Most people have probably forgotten that Joe ran track, and broke the Georgia state record running the mile. 

Joe struggled with alcohol addiction. In 1986, he drove to Little Rock from North Carolina, and by the time he pulled into my driveway he had put away a case of beer during the drive. Not too very long thereafter, Joe joined AA and never touched another drop. A group of us had a reunion every year, and it was a wild bunch. Joe always attended, thoroughly enjoyed himself, and never imbibed. Once he committed to something, it was a done deal. Joe Lee was true to his word. 

Joe had a soft side that few people ever saw. We were at Joe’s house partying the night that Steve Pugh was killed in a car wreck which badly injured yours truly. I spent six weeks flat on my back, and Joe was there every single day to make sure that I was ok. There aren’t many friends who will take on bed pan duty, but Joe did, along with Doug, Danny, Bubba Land and Rod Sterling. 

Joe was amazingly smart, which probably accounted for his extraordinary sense of humor. Foolishness can mask intelligence, but when Joe shed the wild life and entered the work force he was wildly successful. You would never know it though, at least not from him. 

Joe Lee, thank you for the enduring friendship. I love you man. 











10/04/18 09:23 PM #2    

Twila Rhodes (Kirkland)

Brad... thank you for this meaningful tribute to Joe. He was a friend to all in the Class of ‘69 and will be missed at our 50th Reunion. 

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