STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ocelia Morris Lee, age 84, died Saturday evening at Memorial Health in Savannah following a brief illness. The Statesboro, Georgia, native was raised in Brooklet, Georgia.
Ocelia married Willie Frank Lee in 1952 and they made Statesboro their home. She worked as a homemaker and on the family farm tending to family, crops and cattle. In the mid 1970s, Ocelia began her alterations career with Belk Department Store, which spanned over 40 years until her retirement. Following her service with Belk, she began doing alterations for the community from her home, retiring in 2017.
Ocelia was known for her love of the outdoors, where she enjoyed many hours of gardening, growing beautiful flowers and pulling weeds. She loved the time she shared with people in her home, known for her hospitality and sharing the fruits of her labor.
She was a longtime member of the Temple Hill Baptist Church.
Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her parents, Early and Stella Morris; a sister, Earlene Sutton; and three brothers, Ralph, Wendell and James Morris.
Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Willie Frank Lee of Statesboro; a son and daughter-in-law, William Frank and Faye Lee of Statesboro; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Lowell Trent of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Ryan Lee of Statesboro, Shannon Mitchell, and husband, Chad, of Statesboro; Chris Clawson of United States Air Force and Bradley Clawson of Alexandria, Va.; and two sisters-in-law, Myrtle Kicklighter of Savannah and Ruby Reddick of McDonough.
The family will receive visitors on Saturday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Marty Deal officiating. Interment will be in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Carlton Hendrix officiating.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 4025 Friendship Church Road, Statesboro, Georgia 30458.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, May 18, 2018
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