J.W. Lee, age 89 of LaFollette, passed away Saturday, March 4th, 2023. He was of the Baptist Faith. He was born in Wheat, TN, now known as K-25 Oak Ridge. He moved to Harriman and he worked at K-25 for 18 months, then drafted into the U.S. Army, and worked for Harriman Motor Company (Ford) for 5 years., moved to LaFollette in 1960 to go into business as “Lee Ford” – Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury Dealer for 27 years. He was active in Jaycee’s. and voted Jaycee of the year in 1959 former President of Jaycee and voted Jaycee of the year in LaFollette, 1968, member of the Elks Club, a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge #669, member of VFW, Eagles, He was a former Chamber of Commerce member, a board member of LaFollette Hospital for 4 years, and board member of Community Health of East TN. An avid U.T. fan.

Preceded in death by parents Fred Lee and Marjorie Lee Barger. Wife of 40 years Lorraine Noel Lee, brother Gene Lee, sister-in-law Mattie Lou Lee, brother Charles Ed Lee, sister Barbara Lee Smith, daughter-in-law Patsy Turner Lee.


Son: Scott Lee

Daughter: Ann Lee Thompson and husband Nick Thompson

Sister: Geraldine Pewitt

Special Friend: Barbara Petitt

Along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5 PM-7 PM Tuesday, March 7th at Cedar Hill Baptist Church with a funeral service to follow at 7 PM with Rev. Bryan Burge officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11 AM Wednesday, March 8th at Campbell Memorial Gardens for a 12 PM interment with military honors provided by the Campbell County Honor Guard.

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Condolences may be given online at http://www.cross-smithfuneralhome.com