December 3, 2021, 87, Goldsboro –
Lee Summerlin, Jr., 87, exchanged his earthly life for endless joy anew on Friday afternoon at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by his family. Lee was born in Wayne County to the late Lee Summerlin, Sr. and Ella Anderson Summerlin on February 20, 1934. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Summerlin; brother, George Summerlin; and sister, Louise Summerlin Mohr.
Starting his career as a clerk with A&P grocery, Lee worked through the ranks and earned a management position with the store. His dedicated work ethic ensured his success upon changing careers to work as an insurance agent with Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company. Through this position, Lee met many people who became both clients and friends. His personality brought calm assurance to the many clients who placed their trust in him. After an accomplished career, Lee was able to retire at age 65.
Community-minded and people-oriented, Lee looked for opportunities to serve his fellow man. He was a lifetime member of the Goldsboro Jaycees and later became a member of the Goldsboro Rotary Club. Through personal growth, community involvement, relationship building, and a whole lot of fun, the opportunities that abounded through these groups fit Lee perfectly. Building his relationship with his Lord, Lee was strengthened and nurtured through his membership alongside the people of First Christian Church.
In Lee’s free time, you could often find him on the fairway with a golf club in hand, enjoying the gentle breeze and salt air at his beach home, grilling on the back deck, or dancing the night away. Whatever he was doing, you could bet he was surrounded by friends and family and loving every minute of it.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate Lee’s life at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel.
Lee is survived by his daughter, Athena Letchworth (Steve); grandchildren, Brian Letchworth, Matthew Letchworth (Meagan) and Sara James (Scott); great-grandchildren, Landon and John Ryan; brother, John Summerlin (Maxine); sister, Marie Walker; and special friend, Christine Matthews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Lee’s memory to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, NC 27534.
Services are entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.