Melvin Lee Jr., 63

Published 9:25pm Monday, November 12, 2012

Melvin Lee Jr., 63

Born: Sept. 15, 1949

Died: Oct. 22, 2012


The sun rose on the life of Melvin Lee Jr. on Sept. 15, 1949, when he was

born in Durant, Miss., to Melvin Lee Sr. and Carmell McGee.

One of seven children, Melvin had four brothers, Lawrence, Oscar, William and Gary, and two sisters, Betty and Carmen.

Educated in the public school system, Melvin graduated from Cassopolis High School.

Melvin proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He began his active duty

on July 30, 1969, and completed his tour of duty on May 28, 1971. His final rank was PFC and he received an honorable discharge from the government and a grateful nation.

On Oct. 22, 2012, the sun set on the life of Mr. Lee as he passed from

this life into eternal rest.

Those left to cherish his memory include: his beloved wife, Teresa Lee of Aurora, Colo.; sons, Aaron Lee-Jennings of Cassopolis, Derahni Raven and Donnie Austin, both of Aurora, Colo.; daughters, Dawnetia (Thomas) Boyknight of Germany and Shantavian Austin-Poll of Dallas, Texas; brothers, Lawrence

Lee of Chicago, Oscar (Shelly Archuleta) Lee of Aurora; William (Mable) Lee of Niles and Gary Lee of Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Betty Lee (Billy) Nichols of Atlanta, Ga., and Carmen (Paul) Peake of Cassopolis; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Family and friends gather at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Church of Cassopolis, 520 Pearl St., Cassopolis, for a homegoing service with the

Apostle Christopher Pittman officiating.

Mr. Lee’s final resting place is in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Online condolences may be posted at

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