John Claude Lee Jr. “Boot Lee” was born on Dec. 25, 1946 in Minden. He was preceded in death by the Rev. John Claude Lee Sr. and Missionary Ethel Mae Lee (parents); Frances Lee Lane (sister); and Demarcus Freeman (grandson).
On Saturday, April 11, 2015 around 8:30 a.m. in Shreveport, he heard the call of our Lord and Savior and entered peacefully into eternity.
John attended Webster High School in Minden excelling in many sport activities. He played the position of first baseman during that time. His love for baseball led him to be drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 42nd round of the 1966 MLB June Amateur Drafts.
Upon returning home to Minden, he was employed by several industries. He worked at Fibrebond as a supervisor and forklift driver for 19 years before he retired.
He accepted Christ at an early age and was an active member at Forest Chapel Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder Andrew Fizer. Later in life, he united with the Haughton Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Superintendent Lytton Cleveland Jr.
He served as an usher and was appointed as the Trinity District Usher Board President where he served faithfully until his health failed him.
On April 20, 1985, he married his soul mate “Ruth.” To this union one child was born, Brandon. They enjoyed together spending time with family and friends. He had a gift for always knowing exactly what words to say to get a laugh out of people.
John leaves to cherish his memories a loving and devoted wife, Annie Ruth Lee; three sons, Phillip (Stephanie) Freeman, Sydney (LaTasha) Freeman, of Dallas and Brandon Lee of Minden; daughter, Veronica Howell (Macharia) of Monroe; three sisters, Christine Gay of Navarre, Florida, Bobby Simon (Hilton), Terrie (Mitchel) of Houston; brother-in-law, Andrew (Estelle) of Gibsland; five grandchildren; uncle Henry Wilson of Houston; aunt, Beatrice Watson of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Services entrusted to Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden.
Viewing will be at 10 a.m., Friday.
Services will be at noon, Saturday, April 18, at Haughton Church of God in Christ in Haughton.