Howard Franklin Lee

June 17, 1929May 4, 2018
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  • Remy Shepherd, Pallbearer
  • Richard Brucker, Pallbearer
  • Calvin Temple, Pallbearer
  • Herman Dunn, Pallbearer
  • Tim Dunn, Pallbearer
  • Michael Hardwick, Pallbearer
  • Eric Brucker, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Entombment Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Howard Franklin Lee

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When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Howard Franklin Lee who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Howard was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Howard knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Howard was born on June 17, 1929 at At Home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His parents were Dewey and Verda Lee. Howard was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Even as a youngster, Howard learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Howard was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Howard was raised with 3 Brothers and 6 Sisters. He had Calvin, Luther, Albert, Ella, Estelle, Catherine Bell, Mildred, Martha and Mary Rebecca. Howard had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Howard, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      In school, Howard was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Howard was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Howard’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Howard reveled in the security of his family. One of Howard’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Howard was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Howard would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Howard was blessed with 3 natural and 2 step-daughters, Two daughters, Olivia and Priscilla, one son, Dewey, and step-daughters, Armecia and Sheila. They were also blessed with Thirteen, Edna, William, Michael, Eric, Samantha, Brandon, Nicholas, Christopher, Jonothan, Dalles Jr., Kim, Sherry and Tara. He also had several great-grandchildren.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Howard was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Howard was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Howard upheld his standards. His primary occupation was Auto Mechanic. He was employed for many years with M&O Chevrolet which later became Reed-Lallier Chevrolet. Howard was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Howard approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were bowling, woodworking, and fishing. Howard was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Howard to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. Recreational sports included bowling. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Washington Redskins football, Hail to the Redskins!

      Faith was important to Howard. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member Green Springs Baptist Church of Parkton, North Carolina. During that time, he loved to donate items that he had made to the church for festivals to help raise funds for many projects.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Howard used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Howard had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included the beach for fishing.

      Howard was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Howard’s favorites was PeeWee, a cat that adopted Howard.

      When Howard’s retirement finally arrived in 1965, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to Hope Mills, North Carolina. In retirement, he found new pleasure in bowling, woodworking. He loved making things for children and homes for our feathered friends. In many ways, Howard loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Howard passed away on May 4, 2018 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Inoperable ruptured aneurysm. He is survived by a brother, Albert, daughters Olivia Cook and Priscilla Brucker, Son Dewey Lee and, a step-daughter, Sheila Taylor. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Services were held at Green Springs Baptist Church of Parkton, North Carolina. Howard was laid to rest in Cumberland Memorial Gardens of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

      All who knew him would agree that Howard was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Howard Franklin Lee did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.