December 10, 2022, 92, Goldsboro –
Having lived a long and fruitful life, Russell Mack Lee died on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at the age of 92. Russell was born in Sampson County to the late Katie Tart and N.C. Lee on May 4, 1930. In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by his daughter, Gail Lee Jordan; brother, Clayton Lee and wife, Caroline; and sister, Rachel Williams.
In 92 years of life, Russell experienced many challenging and wonderful events. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Russell attended the Edwards Military Institute and graduated from Westbrook School. This taught him organization, dedication, and determination. It caused him to see life differently and to enjoy the moments as they came. Serving in the military gave him the direction which guided him throughout his whole life.
Russell worked for many years with Lundy Packing Company and retired from Valley Proteins. The organization and leadership skills gained in the military served him well in this capacity. He did his job well and enjoyed the opportunity. These same skills also led him as he served God at St. Paul Church. Russell was a member of the J. Paul Edwards Sunday School Class and was dedicated to serving the church. He was also a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club.
His life was, indeed, full and his course on this earth is now complete.
At his request, no formal services will be held.
Russell is survived by his wife, Anna Travis Best; grandchildren: Kevin Jordan and wife, Jennie and his son, Nathan and Lee Jordan and wife, Miranda and their children, Leigh-Anna, Emily, and Carter; son-in-law: Tommy Jordan and wife, Becky; brother-in-law: Rodney “Bill” Williams; nieces and nephews that were much loved: Martha Williams, Scott Lee, Robyn McChesney, Patsy Stegall, Renee Beavins and their families; and a special son: Alvin Best and family. He is also survived by his sons: Rusty Lee, and Barry Lee and wife, Sandy, and their children, Taylor and Parker; special friends: Vickye Richardson, Vanessa Armstrong, Elizabeth Bridgers, Jacqueline Kannon, Harvey Reinhardt, Gary Partin, and Graham Best; and his fury companions, Cecil, Kit Kat, and Sampson.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the compassionate care provided by Dr. Robert Kevin Talton and Dr. David Michael Fitzgerald. Love and heartfelt thanks are also expressed to his special caregivers and friends, Mildred Cannon, Marie Sugg, Diane Coley, Rita Rae, Linda Green, and Thea Williams.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Russell’s memory to
St. Paul Church
204 E. Chestnut Street
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758516
Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516
Services are entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.