Arlean Lee



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.