Funeral services for Claude Beckham Lee, 83, of Jeffersonville, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at E.M. Coots’ Sons Funeral Home in Jeffersonville, with burial in Walnut Ridge Cemetery. He was called home by God on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 and passed away peacefully with his chidren by his side.
He was one of four children, and the only son born to Ollie and Mary Lee in Pekin in 1929. After a stint with the United States Marine Corp, Claude had many jobs throughout his life that included construction, automotive repair, management of a Shell service station, machinist and foreman. Before retirement he had a motor route delivering The Evening News all across Clark County.
Claude was a Deacon and an active member of the First Church of God in Jeffersonville for many years. He was on the Board of Directors, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and sang in the choir. He also performed maintenance work on the buses and vans used to transport parishioners to church. He loved to work on automobiles in his garage plus 2-cycle lawn mower engines. Claude had the uncanny ability to listen to an engine and tell you what was wrong with it by sound alone.
Claude had a mischievous sense of humor. His laughter was infectious and he will be missed by his family and his friends. He loved the Lord with all his soul.
Claude married his sweetheart, Millie Fay Dooley, in April, 1948. He and Millie were married for 60 years before Millie suddenly passed away in November 2008. Heartbroken for four years, today they are reunited in heaven.
Survivors include his six children, Mary Frances (Phil) Kays, Brenda (Steve) Gorham, Dorothy (Ronald) Moore, James (Jennifer) Lee, Louise (Michael) Snodgrass, John (Theresa) Lee, 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Lorine Sharp, Dora Burnette and Margaret Colvin.
Visitation at the funeral home will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27.