June 16, 1927 ~ October 30, 2015

Born in: McDowell County,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Rev. James Alvin Lee, 88, passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Oaks at Sweeten Creek. Mr. Lee was born in McDowell County to the late Isaac Isaiah Lee and Annie Dora Marlow Lee. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Talman Lee and Boyd Lee and a sister, Mary Massey. James was a upstanding man that loved the Lord and was very involved in mission work. He pastored Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Alexander, Stoney Mountain Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Georgetown Baptist Church in Leicester, and Words of Life Tabernacle in Arden. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was also a residential building contractor. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Evelyn Davis Lee; their four children, a son, Eddie Lee and his wife, Cathy, daughters, Linda Pike, Sheila Fender and her husband, Don, and Pam Messer and her husband, Michael; five grandchildren, Jennifer King, Kristie Brock, Brian Pike, Lana Pike, Michaela Messer, and five great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Monday, November 2, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:30 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road in Arden. The Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Rev. Larry Sprouse officiating.

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  1. Ruby and family,

    My condolences on the loss of your husband and father. Your gift of music at so many of family funerals, and just a week ago at the Marlow reunion, brought joy and fellowship. He will be missed by so many.

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  2. Lee Family, I just have to let each of you know how much I loved your Dad. As a teenager, I spent as much time at the Lee home as I did at my house. I know you all take comfort in knowing he is at the feet of Jesus this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  3. Granny & Family, we are so saddened since speaking with you about Papaw’s passing. However, at the same time, we rejoice in the fact knowing that he’s now residing with our Heavenly Father, has a brand new body & is rejoicing around the Father’s throne forevermore. We’re all praying for you & the family. May you find comfort in God’s grace, peace & love. See you this week. We love you.

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  4. My heart is broken, Rev. Lee was a good preacher and always love to hear him preach. Hes going to be missed and I will always keep him in my heart forever.

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  5. Linda Pike and family. Your dad was a great man and was an inspiration to so many people. Praying you have comfort in the coming months in knowing he is in a better place.

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  6. Sorry for your loss, such a Godly man. Praying for all of you.just got to say I loved all the times we had at words of life .

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  7. This dear brother won me to God. He will always be my preacher. He was a true Spiritual giant and leader in this community. I loved him with all my heart. Mrs. Ruby, he will be sorely missed. Eddie and the girls, know that Preacher is in his reward, for if anyone ever deserved one, it was this great man of God.

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  8. My dear Sister Ruby and Lee family….I know you are mourning in your hearts, yet rejoicing that Brother Jim is with the Lord. ‘Preacher’ Lee led me to the Lord in 1981, and helped me renew my commitment when I got out of the Lord’s Will. I cherish the times I came to your home to repair your appliances and fellowship with you and Brother Lee; it did my heart good to see you.

    May the Lord comfort all of you as only He can; and please know that Elaine and I cherish the memories of your days at Stoney Mountain.

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  9. Dear Lee Family,
    Pastor Lee was always faithful, never changing, and loved unconditionally, just like Jesus. I was blessed growing up under his preaching. Just wanted you to know that we are thinking of and praying for you all during this time.
    All our love,

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  10. My thought and prayers to the Lee family. Though I never met Rev. Lee, I must believe he was a wonderful man after doing business with Eddie while at Bobcat of Asheville and Pam at Volvo.

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  11. As a little boy I would sit bound by the powerful mission stories of Africa. Preacher Lee(that’s how we knew him) would share countless stories of what God was doing in people’s lives during his mission trips. I watched his life, listened to his preaching and the way he handled the pulpit at Words of Life Tabernacle.

    Today I am a pastor and a missionary to 7 different countries. My lifes call was established and made clear under his ministry. I am so thankful for the roots of my life. Preacher Lee left a indelible mark on my heart for preaching to the world!

    My love and prayers go out to Ruby, Eddy, Linda, Sheila, and Pam as well as to their families. His work continues on in the lives of the young preachers he touched along the way! Love y’all and

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  12. Linda and Family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I pray that ‘The God of ALL Comfort’ will be close to you now and in the coming weeks ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Jimmie and Shirley Fender

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  13. A true, faithful man of God. We’re thankful for having known Bro. Lee and enjoyed his friendship. May God give blessing and comfort to the family. I prayed for you all this morning and will do so some more.

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  14. Dear Linda, I am so glad that I had the pleasure to meet your Daddy. He was a wonderful man who loved the Lord and his family so much! It will be hard to live in this world without him but I know you will find comfort that you will see him again one day. Life here on earth is just a blink of an eye compared to eternity with our Savior. What a wonderful legacy your Dad has left behind and I pray fond memories will sustain you through this most difficult time.

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  15. Brother Lee’s and my path crossed a few times in the ministry. After having retired, he and Mrs Lee attended Boiling Springs Baptist Church in Fletcher where I was the assistant pastor. Dr. Roy Rector made available several avenues of service to the Lees. They would hit the missionary trail in their camper and then subsequently return with a vibrant missions report for our church. Whenever Brother Lee was in town, Dr. Rector would ask him to preach. When brother Lee wasn’t preaching, he would provide rousing ‘amens’ to the pastor’s sermon.

    Later, when I would serve as youth director/music minister at Calvary Baptist Church in Hendersonville, again Brother Lee and I worked together. He and his family became valuable servants to our church, especially in he music ministry. My dad, ‘Preacher Buddy’ Mullinax loved to have Brother Lee to preach or present his burden for missions. Also, my dad certainly enjoyed the music of the Lee family. We loved to hear his family sing ‘My Dad Was an Old-time Preacher Man’.

    Brother Lee is now at home. He is fellowshipping once again with many people he has pastored and worshipped with. Our hearts are heavy, but our spirits are encouraged by his fruitful and faithful life for Christ.

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  16. So sorry to hear of Preacher Lee\’s passing. He was truly a man who loved
    and served God and lead many to be saved under his ministry. He will be missed by so many and my memories go back to his days of preaching at Bethel Baptist Church. My sympathy to all the family. Billie Glenn Dean – a neighbor.

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  17. Ms.Ruby and family. Just found out this late afternoon about Preacher Lee’s passing. So sorry for your loss. This world has loss a wonderful man and Heaven has gained a great soul. His life exemplified the love of the Lord in so many lives, mine especially.
    Praying for the Holy Spirit to comfort each one and for Grace to face the coming days!
    Love,
    Lorene Townsend

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  18. My earliest memories of Preacher Lee are when Mom, Mary, and I would sing at his radio program way back in the early 60’s. He liked the song, ‘My Jesus Know Just What I Need’. Of course I have so many wonderful memories of growing up at Words of Life. There will never be another Preacher Lee. I wa truly blessed to know this very fine man.

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  19. Very sorry to hear of Preacher Lee’s passing. He was a good father figure and role model for me when I was an early teen. He even taught me to tie a necktie (still use that skill Monday-Friday!) I apologize for not making the service today but I have been sick with a virus of some kind. Many great memories of Bible School picnics in the back of his truck!
    Blessings and peace to the family.

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  20. I am saddened by the news of Brother Lee’s death, but there is joy in knowing without doubt where he is now! As I get older, I get more and more ‘homesick’ to be there. Praise the Lord he is no longer sick or suffering, and praise Him, too, for that Golden Promise for our future!
    Ms. Ruby, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in your grief. I know you look forward to that day when you will see him once more!

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  21. Pamela – I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know you will miss him dearly. I also lost my father a couple of years ago and I still find myself grieving at times. One thing that helps, though, is to try to imagine what rejoicing there must have been as his soul was accompanied into Heaven by all of those angels. Wow! And one day we will experience it ourselves. We will be remembering you in our prayers.

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