OBITUARY

Ernie Don Lee

June 24, 1948July 21, 2018
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Retired Sergeant First Class Ernie D. Lee, 70, died July 21, at Metroplex Hospital. Ernie was born June 24, 1948, in Matador, Texas, the youngest of five children of Earnest C. and Ida M. Lee. A private family visitation will be held in Copperas Cove, Texas, but no services will be held by his request.

Ernie proudly served in the United States Army as a signals analyst in the Military Intelligence field from 1972-1992, and served in Berlin, Texas, Panama, Florida, and Hawaii.

Ernie married the love of his life, Therese L. Hill in 1980. They were married for nearly 38 years and had just begun a new chapter of their lives, travelling to see the great United States and relatives along the way.

After retiring from the Army, he continued to volunteer for Army Family and Soldier Support Groups at Field Station Kunia, Hawaii and Fort Huachuca, Arizona, serving as both a member and as president. He was awarded the Forces Command Dr. Mary E. Walker Award for exemplary volunteerism in 1999.

Since Ernie’s return to Copperas Cove in 2000 he remained busy. He worked for the City of Copperas Cove and retired as the Animal Control supervisor. Ernie had a great love and compassion for animals, fostered many dogs, and was an avid bird watcher for many years. More recently, he was his mother’s primary caretaker for nearly 4 years before her passing in 2016 at the age of 100. He loved his 1957 Chevy pickup, old cars, and motorcycles as well as following in his mother’s footsteps making jams and jellies and piecing and sewing quilts.

Giving back to the community was important to Ernie. Over the past 18 years, Ernie volunteered thousands of hours throughout the community with the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Chamber of Commerce, Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful Commission, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, and the Copperas Cove Animal Shelter. Most recently, he began volunteering in Spur, Texas, to help restore the historic Palace Theater, shuttered over 50 years ago, where he worked as a projectionist as a teenager.

Ernie was an honest, caring, friendly man, who was a ‘never met a stranger’ type of guy who was a friend to all. Many will greatly miss him.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest C. and Ida M. Lee and grandson, Vincent Edward Gonzales II. He is survived by his beloved wife, Therese Lee of Copperas Cove, Texas; cherished daughters Denise (Sean) Morse, Heather Monroe, and Amanda Gomez; brother Charles (Grace) Lee; sister Ida Barker; brother Willie (Rosalie) Lee; and brother Jack Lee. He is also survived by numerous precious grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many friends who he loved dearly.

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Beverly Bridge Darsey

July 28, 2018

Sending our love to the family of Donnie Lee. May God comfort you all at this difficult time. Donnie was a member of our Patton Springs High School Class of 1967. We remember him as a very friendly and supportive young man. As we read his obituary, we see that he went on to be a successful and very caring person throughout his life. We know he was a wonderful role model for his daughters and grandchildren.
Beverly (Bridge) and Robin Darsey
Afton, TX 79220

Wanda Woolsey

July 26, 2018

Donnie was a dear, sweet cousin who will be missed by all who knew him.
My love & condolence to his wife, “Tee”, to his children, and to his sister, Ida, and his brothers, Charles, Willie, & Jack.
Love and Prayers for each .

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April 2015

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His passion.

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Colors in New England

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Moms Birthday Party

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Eagle wing span in Alaska 2011

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Alaska from atop mountain 2011

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Ernie and family after fathers death 1950

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Mid 1980s, Ernie and Therese

Biography

Ernie Don Lee was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Ernie will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, Ernie was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Ernie leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Ernie Don Lee.

Retired Sergeant First Class Ernie D. Lee, 70, died July 21, at Metroplex Hospital. Ernie was born June 24, 1948, in Matador, Texas, the youngest of five children of Earnest C. and Ida M. Lee. A private family visitation will be held in Copperas Cove, Texas, but no services will be held by his request.

Ernie proudly served in the United States Army as a signals analyst in the Military Intelligence field from 1972-1992, and served in Berlin, Texas, Panama, Florida, and Hawaii.

Ernie married the love of his life, Therese L. Hill in 1980. They were married for nearly 38 years and had just begun a new chapter of their lives, travelling to see the great United States and relatives along the way.

After retiring from the Army, he continued to volunteer for Army Family and Soldier Support Groups at Field Station Kunia, Hawaii and Fort Huachuca, Arizona, serving as both a member and as president. He was awarded the Forces Command Dr. Mary E. Walker Award for exemplary volunteerism in 1999.

Since Ernie’s return to Copperas Cove in 2000 he remained busy. He worked for the City of Copperas Cove and retired as the Animal Control supervisor. Ernie had a great love and compassion for animals, fostered many dogs, and was an avid bird watcher for many years. More recently, he was his mother’s primary caretaker for nearly 4 years before her passing in 2016 at the age of 100. He loved his 1957 Chevy pickup, old cars, and motorcycles as well as following in his mother’s footsteps making jams and jellies and piecing and sewing quilts.

Giving back to the community was important to Ernie. Over the past 18 years, Ernie volunteered thousands of hours throughout the community with the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Chamber of Commerce, Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful Commission, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, and the Copperas Cove Animal Shelter. Most recently, he began volunteering in Spur, Texas, to help restore the historic Palace Theater, shuttered over 50 years ago, where he worked as a projectionist as a teenager.

Ernie was an honest, caring, friendly man, who was a ‘never met a stranger’ type of guy who was a friend to all. Many will greatly miss him.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest C. and Ida M. Lee and grandson, Vincent Edward Gonzales II. He is survived by his beloved wife, Therese Lee of Copperas Cove, Texas; cherished daughters Denise (Sean) Morse, Heather Monroe, and Amanda Gomez; brother Charles (Grace) Lee; sister Ida Barker; brother Willie (Rosalie) Lee; and brother Jack Lee. He is also survived by numerous precious grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many friends who he loved dearly.