Derrick LaQuinn Lee, Jr., passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the age of 12. He was born April 22, 2006. His parents are Niesha Mitchell and Derrick Lee, Sr. He was raised by his grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Eddie Tolbert. He attended Koontz Elementary School and he would have been a student at Valley Springs in the fall of 2018.
Derrick was an active member of WNC Baptist Church, pastored by Dr. Rev. L.C. Ray. He participated in all youth activities of the church, Praise Dance Ministry, Choir, a Youth Usher, Sunday School and a faithful member of One Youth At A Time. He was being taught to operate the sound system. He would do anything for the Pastor and Church Members as a whole. He was an avid football fan and he played youth football for a year.
Left to cherish his memories are sisters: Aaliyah Tolbert, Alexius Tolbert, Kataria Waters, Lideria Lee and Darecka Lee, all of Asheville; brothers, Darius Tolbert and Kaui Credle; grandparents, Patricia Lee Wadsworth and Freddie Wadsworth of Asheville; grandparents, Willie C. and Marie Mitchell of Orlando, Florida; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends.
The funeral service for young Mr. Derrick, Jr. will be held Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm at WNC Baptist Church, 240 Haywood Street (Downtown). Rev. Eddie Tolbert and Dr. L. C. Ray will officiate.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and the memorial register is available at grocefuneralhome.com.