Olenthus Buckner Lee, Jr., was born August 21, 1927 in Cross City, and passed into eternity on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the age of 92 at his home in Apalachicola.


He was an electrician by trade and a proud United States veteran, serving in both the US Air Force and the US Army.


Junior, as he was most affectionately known, was one of six boys. He married Jeanne Houseman on Dec. 1952 and they shared 67 years together.


They have one son, Olenthus Buckey Lee, III, "Bucky" to those of us who know and love him dearly; and two daughters, Janice Yates, and husband Larry, and Wanda Taylor, and husband Robert.


His grandchildren are Brian Lee, (Lindsey), Wesley Lee, Sondra Sheats, Tammy Carlisle, Kerry Hutchinson, Stephanie Gibbon, Michelle Robinson, Shannon Cooley and Crystal Willis. He has 24 great-grandchildren and one on the way; one great-great-grandchild and one on the way; and countless nieces and nephews that he loved dearly and who love him.


What a legacy to celebrate.


He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Todd.


Funeral services were held Saturday, March 21 at Kelley Funeral Home with interment in Magnolia Cemetery. The services were officiated by Bro. Jeff Strickland.


Kelley Funeral Home assisted the family.


Life - author unknown


Life is just a stepping-stone


A pause before we make it home


A simple place to rest and be,


Until we reach eternity.


Everyone has a life journey,


A path to take with lots to see


God guides our steps along the way,


But we were never meant to stay.


Our final destination is a place


Filled with love, His majesty and grace.


Today we celebrate the life of a loved one


Who has gone before us, the race he has won.


His journey has now ended,


His spirit has ascended


Claiming the great reward


With Jesus, our Lord.