Mrs. Lillie Mae Lee was born on February 5, 1947, to the union of the late Andrew Gardner Sr. and the late Hattie Mae Mitchell-Gardner in Thomasville, Georgia. She graduated from Douglass High School and Thomas Technical Institute. She entered into the bond of holy matrimony to Mr. Shelly Lee Jr. on June 7, 1971. They were blessed with seven children.
She accepted Christ at an early age at Willow Head Missionary Baptist Church, where she served for several years as a Silas Brinson Gospel Choir President, Pastor's Aide President, and served on both mission ministries.
She accepted her calling into the ministry of the gospel under the direction of the late Pastor Silas Brinson, and was ordained at Mount Zion Bible Institute in Thomasville, Georgia. She later moved her membership to Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as the Pastor's Aide President. She was a strong woman of God that lived a consistent Christian life. She devoted much of her time and energy as a child care provider to families in Thomasville.
Minister Lee departed this life on Friday, January 12, 2018. She was preceded in death by her father, Andrew Gardner Sr., mother, Hattie Mae Mitchell-Gardner, and sister, Patricia Walden. She leaves to cherish her memories: her loving husband, Shelly Lee Jr., her siblings, Andrew Gardner Jr. (Derry), Mathis Gardner (Aletha), Betty Arrington (Jeremiah), Deborah Asbey (Jerome), Tammie Gardner-Watts (Eita), Tirene Heard (Otis) and Gregory Gardner. Her loving children Herbert Wright (Harriett), Chris Wright (Pamela), Kevin Wright (Twana), Sonja Wright-Smith (Donnie), Tonja Akery (Anthony), Jackie Jones-Lamoute (Gregory), and Angelo Jones, special loved ones, Evan Carraway-Wortman (Brian), Heather Flynn, Jordon Brinkley, and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friend. Funeral services for Minister Lillie Lee will be Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Springhill MB Church. Public viewing will be Friday, January 19, 2018 from 1 until 7 p.m. The Rev. Justin Johnson, pastor, the Rev. C.L. Green, eulogist and the Rev. Spencer Wilson officiating. Hopkins Mortuary
Published on January 19, 2018