WILMINGTON — Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Billie Ray Lee, 81, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Davis Health Care Center-Cambridge Village.
Bill was born Nov. 1 1939, in Blount County, Alabama, to Lamion Lee and Dorothy Sweatt Lee. He attended J.B. Pennington High School before marrying Betty Sue Herndon of Blountsville, Alabama, in 1956. Shortly after their marriage, Bill joined the U.S. Air Force and completed his education at San Rafael High School, San Rafael, California. He served for 20 years, retiring in February 1977 from Fort Fisher Air Force Station.
Among his service awards included the Meritorious Service Medal, which is the highest ranking non-combat service award. After his retirement, he graduated from Cape Fear Technical Institute with an Associate Degree in Applied Science-Electronics Technology in 1980. He taught electronics technology at both Cape Fear and Brunswick Community College and later retired with 20 years of service. Bill was a member of the Bible Baptist Church, Supply.
Bill is survived by his wife, Betty; brother, Hubert Lee, and his wife, Pat; three children, Kayla Lee Williams, and her husband, Rory, Kevin Ray Lee, and his wife, Kim, Donna Lee West, and her husband, David; and two grandchildren, Katie and Cameron Lee. He also has many cousins and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Bobby Lee; and sister, Doris Lee Workman.
Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 1311 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, officiated by Dr. Gordon Wright. Serving as pallbearers are Kevin and Cameron Lee, Jim Talton, David West and Rory Williams. Honorary pallbearers are Hubert, Greg and Chris Lee, Keith Martin and Glenn Turley. Social distancing and masks are required.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial gift to the Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina, 3809 Computer Drive, Suite 201, Raleigh, NC 27609.
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