Rachel Arlean Turner Lee, 88, peacefully left her mortal body and went to meet our Lord on Friday, October 6, 2017, at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, NC, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Potters Hill, NC on September 6, 1929, to Rev. George and Myrtle Taylor Turner. She was married in 1946 to Rev. Damon “Bud” Lee, Sr., also of Duplin County, and the couple moved to Jacksonville, NC in 1953. Most recently, she resided at Carolina Rivers Nursing Home in Jacksonville. Her passing was the result of a sudden stroke.
She was known as “Arlean” for most of her life and lately as “Rachel,” as her caregivers tended to use her first name. She married and was soon raising children by the age of 17. She worked as a seamstress for a number of years, both in Jacksonville and Richlands, NC, and worked for many years at Northwoods Middle School as a food service worker. After her retirement, she was known by many as an extraordinary cake baker. She also managed her responsibilities as a minister’s wife from the time her husband, “Bud,” was called into the ministry in the late ‘70s until his passing in 2003. She has loved and been loved by her family and friends too numerous to count, and each life she touched will always remember her kindness.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sisters, Ida Mae Hill, Gertrude Swinson, and Georgia Rochelle; her brothers, Coy Turner and Roy Turner; and her son-in-law, Samuel Avery, Sr.
She is survived by her children, Joyce (Larry) Lanier, Carolyn Avery, Jeanette (Danny) Koonce, Damon (Wanda) Lee, Jr., and Byron (Valerie) Lee; her grandchildren, Melissa (Brent) Anderson, William Jason Marshburn, Samuel (Andrea) Avery, Jr., Lucretia (Curtis) Bryan, Misty (Wende) Marshburn-Smith, Regina (Cheyenne) Yost, Daniel Shaun (Jennifer) Koonce, Anthony (Jennifer) Lee, Zachary Lee, Thomas Lee, and Gabriella Lee; her great-grandchildren, Daniel Tiralongo, Spencer Anderson, Chloé Brown, Avery Anderson, Kelsey Avery, Faith Brown, Branden Yost, Victoria Erin Robinson, Marissa Robinson, Kaylie Yost, Brooklynn Koonce, Olivia Avery, Taylor Koonce, Waverly Marshburn-Smith, Marley Yost, Cooper Koonce, and A. J. Lee; and step-great grandchildren, Derrick Thompson, Kallie Thompson, Shane Bryan, Skylar Royster, Noah Burns, and Beau Burns. She is also survived by her sister Magdaline Sanderson and by her devoted friend and daughter-in-spirit, Alice Avery.
The family will hold visitation at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM. The funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, followed immediately by a graveside service at Onslow Memorial Park. Services will be officiated by Rev. Daniel Flynn and Rev. Wesley Lee. Pallbearers are Samuel Avery, Jr., Daniel Shaun Koonce, Anthony Lee, Brent Anderson, Cheyenne Yost, and Curtis Bryan. Guests are invited to join the family for a repast at Victory Baptist Church after the completion of the graveside service.
Flowers are welcome or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building funds of Victory Baptist Church or Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Jones Funeral Home - Jacksonville
Tuesday October 10th, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm
303 Chaney Avenue
Jacksonville , NC 28540
Bethlehem Baptist Church
Wednesday October 11th, 2017
100 Half Moon Church Road
Jacksonville, NC 28546
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I always loved playing piano for her to sing. We always play her song I don't know what you came to do, pretty much every Sunday when we are leaving. She was such a loving person with spunk.
Submitted by Sharon Humphrey on Oct 11 2017 11:53:12 AM
My heart goes out to the family I know the Lord is protecting all of you. I've always loved the lee family. We all grew up together and Bethlehem Baptist Church. God bless all of you and my prayers are with you.
Submitted by Betty Ramsey white on Oct 11 2017 07:24:05 AM
I met Ms. Lee a few years ago through my work. Through conversation we discovered her son, Byron, played music with my husband....what a wonderful surprise! She always had a smile and kind word to say and never knew a stranger. Many have been touched by her rays of sunshine! Ms. Lee will be missed, but she has left a wonderful legacy of love to her family and friends. Our heartfelt condolences to all the family.
Submitted by Vicky & Don Quinn on Oct 10 2017 09:54:46 AM
Such a beautiful lady inside and out. Arlean had many talents but for me I will always remember how welcome she made me in all the years we visited yearly in her home. Love this precious lady. Cathy Turner Hibschman
Submitted by Cathy Turner HIbschman on Oct 10 2017 09:24:27 AM
Sorry for your loss, she always made me smile! She will be missed dearly!
Submitted by Jimmie Myers and kids on Oct 9 2017 06:26:42 PM
My heart goes out to your family. I am so sorry that you are going through this difficult time. Psalms 46:1 says, God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress. And remember that God hates it when one of His children dies (Matthew 18:14, 1 Corinthians 15:26). So He makes Himself available in order to comfort us. In fact, 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 refers to Him as the "God of all comfort". Pray to Him for strength to get through this most difficult time. Weep to Him when the words just won't come out. He will really help you (Isaiah 41:10) because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). And please, call upon His name found at Psalm 83:18. www.JW.org
Submitted by Ahave on Oct 9 2017 08:56:47 AM
RONNIE & BRENDA LANHAM lit a candle for Arlean Lee
RONNIE & BRENDA LANHAM lit a candle on Oct 9 2017 08:33:01 AM
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family. Be assured that God knows your pain and already has arrangements in place to make everything right again (Isaiah 26:19; John 5:28,29). Rely on Him in prayer during this difficult time, for He will give you peace of mind and "the power beyond what is normal" to cope (Philippians 4:6,7; 2 Corinthians 4:7). Take care.
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