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McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Carl Edward Lee

March 1, 1932June 16, 2020
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Carl Edward Lee, 88, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 with his family by his side. Born in Lawndale, NC on March 1, 1932, he was the son of the late Carl Lee and Margaret Cornwell Lee Mull. Ed proudly served in the Navy from 1950-1954. He was a Quartermaster serving on the USS Rochester CA-124 during the Korean War. He and his ship were involved in numerous battles over his 3 years. His ship's guns provided support for troops landing at Inchon on September 13, 1950. Afterwards, General Douglas MacArthur stated, "the Navy and Marines have never shone more brightly than this morning." He was honorably discharged with numerous service medals. He was an Oasis Shriner. He was also a member of the Cleveland Masonic Lodge 202 where he received his 60th year pin in 2016. He started his career in the glass business with PPG Industries in 1956, where he worked for 21 years. In 1977, he co-founded ARG, Inc. ARG became the leader in auto glass replacement industry in the Carolinas. He sold the business in 1997 and retired. Anyone who knows Ed knew that retirement would never suit him. In 1999 he came out of retirement and helped his son, Chris, start Charlotte Glass Contractors. He was always the first person to arrive each morning and worked for 19 years before finally officially retiring in 2018. He approached every situation or challenge in the same manner. He would set goals and through hard work and extreme discipline would always achieve or exceed those goals. He became an avid runner, consumed with fitness after being diagnosed with high blood pressure at a young age. He received a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 66. He was known for doing knuckle push-ups on gravel and his extreme sit-up regimen. At the age of 78 he set a goal of 562,000 sit-ups for the year. He did 600,082. That is a microcosm of his extraordinary life! He was the quintessential "glass half-full" guy. No one can remember seeing him in a bad mood or without a smile on his face. He loved every day of his life and felt he was the luckiest person on earth. He genuinely cared about people and was extremely proud of his family. He was a role model for everyone who knew him well and impacted so many lives. None more than his children and grandchildren. In addition to his parents and twin sister, Joyce Lee, Ed was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Mary Alison Lee. Ed is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mardi Lee; his three daughters and son, Jenny Lee of Raleigh, Karen Patton (Fred) of Greensboro; Chris Lee (Carole) of Charlotte, Susan Bledsoe (Mike) of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Ryan Lee (Brittany), Jordan Lee Reardon (Schuyler), Sean Billerman, Quinn Billerman, Matthew Bledsoe and Kaylee Bledsoe; and two great-grandchildren, Adeline Rose Reardon and Charlotte Hayden Lee. The family will receive family and friends from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at McEwen Funeral Services - Mint Hill. The funeral service will follow at 5:00 pm in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org) or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (tunnel2towers.org). Condolences may be offered online at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 20, 2020

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Susan Colone

June 22, 2020

Jenny and the Lee Family,

Mark and I are very sorry for your loss. We have such fond memories of your Dad. Your parents were always so friendly and welcoming.

Mark and Susan Colone

Sharon Fisher

June 18, 2020

Chris, Carole and family,
So sorry for your loss. I remember meeting your Dad over the years at several functions, and he was definitely a memorable person. He never seemed to meet a stranger, and treated everyone he met with his happy personality. I’m sure he will be missed by many, but you will always carry him in your heart and memory. Blessings to you all, and heartfelt sympathy.
Sharon Fisher

Chris Tucker

June 18, 2020

Chris and Family:

I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Lee's passing. My condolences to you all. He was the best and loved getting to know him at PLCC and seeing him at the Carmel Pro-Am. He always had a kind word and encouraged me when I saw him. Prayers for God's comfort in your loss as Heaven gained a great man today.

Chris Tucker
Indian Land, SC

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