Mildred L. Lee

Published 2:20 am Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Union Baptist Church for Mildred L. Lee, 92, of Leetown Community, who passed away Monday, December 14, 2009.

Burial will be in Union Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home.

The Rev. Buddy Sheriff, Dr. Tommy Davis, the Rev. G.A. McCoy, the Rev. James Shumate, and grandson, Jim Eastridge will officiate at the service.

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A native of Pearl River County, she was a Homemaker and pastor’s wife. She was a member of Union Baptist Church, WMU and the Senior Adult Choir.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Randolph Jones and Ella Lumpkin Jones; eleven siblings, and her darling husband of 60 years, the Rev. John Morrell Lee, Sr. Together they served faithfully in Southern Baptist churches in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. She was a pastor’s wife on earth and is now rejoicing with her King in Heaven.

She is survived by: her children, Sylvia (Bill) Slagle of Nashville, Tenn., Veda “Vee” Eastridge of Picayune, Gayle (Rick) Smotherman of Leetown Community, Merrill (Darrell) Shumate of Crossville, Tenn., and John (Susan) Lee, Jr. of Leetown Community; 13 grandchildren: Sheila (Larry) Ashley, Dana Eastridge, Felicia (Eldon) Furlong, Joe (Karen) Slagle, Jr., Shannon (Doyle) Smith, Einar Lee, Jim (Keely) Eastridge, Kerri (Kimball) Farmer, Amanda North, Laura (Sean) Buschkotter, Michael Lee, Sam (Chandra) Shumate, and Zak (Gabby) Shumate; 13 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Gladys Gill of Picayune.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 16, 2009 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home and also Thursday, December 17, 2009 from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at Union Baptist Church.

Obituary, register book and driving directions can be found on the internet page,

Memorials may be made to Union Baptist Sanctuary Choir Expansion Fund or Gideon Bibles.

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to Dr. Haidar, the staff at Highland Community Hospital, and Hospice Compassus for their tender care during this most difficult time.