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Bill Wilbur Lee, 81, of Blackshear, died June 23.

A native of Ware County, Lee was a US Navy veteran and served several tours of duty during the Mediterranean Theater. Following his military career he worked in a shipyard and played semi-pro baseball before launching Lee Manufacturing Company. He was ordained in 1969 and served several churches in the Blackshear area. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Patterson.

Lee is survived by his wife of 61 years LaForrest Carter Lee, daughter Susan McIntosh, sons Joey and Marc Lee, all of Blackshear; sister Grace Streat, of Nicholls; brother Bernice Lee, of Waycross; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.