Hollis "Buddy" Lee
March 4, 1945 – March 27, 2021
Hollis “Buddy” Lee, 76, passed away at his home in Madison on Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Buddy was born on March 4, 1945 in Curve, Tennessee to Lloyd G. Lee and Edith Jeanette Stringer Lee. He was the owner of a third party administration, Benmark, Inc., and he was an avid lover of nature, enjoying spending time outdoors on his farm in Benton, Mississippi.
Buddy is preceded in death by his parents and his eldest sister, Edith Alice Lee Ellis.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Pulliam Lee; step-children, Chris Hinton (Melissa), Keely Barrett, and Lauren B. Evans (Justin); sisters, Dorothy Lee McCraw and Doris Lee Carraway; four grandchildren; and numerous other friends and relatives.
A memorial service will be held at Lee Farms in Benton, Mississippi on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:00 am.
Directions to the farm can be found below:
From Jackson: Take I-55 North to exit 124 onto MS-16. Go West (left) on MS-16 for approximately 18 miles. Once you pass Benton Truck Stop immediately turn left onto Redmond Road. Go 1.5 miles on Redman road and take the left at the intersection and hit the gravel road. Continue onto Redmond road for approximately 0.2 miles and take a left onto the driveway marked with a gate with “LEE” across the top of it. Continue on the driveway until you see the barn at the very end of the driveway.
From Vicksburg: Take MS-3 North toward Yazoo City out of Vicksburg. Take MS-3 36 miles and turn right onto MS-16 East toward Yazoo. Travel Down MS-16 approximately 2.9 miles and turn right onto US-49 South. Take US-49 South 0.3 miles and turn Left onto MS-16. Take US-16 6.1 miles and turn Right onto Redmond Road. Go 1.5 miles on Redman road and take the left at the intersection and hit the gravel road. Continue onto Redmond road for approximately 0.2 miles and take a left onto the driveway marked with a gate with “LEE” across the top of it. Continue on the driveway until you see the barn at the very end of the driveway.
Monday, April 5, 2021
Hollis "Buddy" Lee
April 4, 2021
Dear Linda and Family,
I know that heaven is rejoicing as much as we are grieving for Uncle Buddy for the hole that he has left in our hearts.
Uncle Buddy was like a father to me in my younger years. He stayed with us the night our Daddy was hurt and later died from his injuries.
He was a constant companion for us taking time from his young married life and family to keep us entertained and happy.
He planned special 4th of July for us the month after our Daddy died. He was so patient and tender with my sisters and me wanting to do anything to cheer us up. We spent pretty much every weekend for years with him watching over us.
He taught me how to water ski in Eagle Lake, and we later spent most every weekend on the water during the summers growing up. I still have movie film of Uncle Buddy skiing his best slalom skiing ever!
He taught us how to bowl - he was on a travel tournament team and was an outstanding bowler winning many awards! I could not hold a candle to bowling skills, but he made it fun to compete with him!!
He even taught us his love of country music - I remember one of the first country songs we learned to sing was “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” by Charlie Pride. He would crank the radio up when they song came on and let it run wide open while driving down the highway in that red shiny GTO.
When we lost my grandmother, Uncle Buddy’s mom, my heart broke for him because her death broke his heart just like his death is breaking our hearts. I remember our first Christmas without her and how Uncle Buddy was so worried about me because I could not accept having Christmas without her. Uncle Buddy was a wonderful comfort to me during those dark days of losing our dad and our grandmother.
I will miss all of his mischief and his beautiful smile and his extreme sense of humor, but most of all, his kindheartedness. He loved you and your family very, very deeply. Thank you for loving him 🥰! Love you, Karen Ann
April 3, 2021
I sure hated to hear about the passing of Buddy!
I have known him for many years and we shared many laughs. We shared two of our most unforgettable times we when through the
Easter Flood together and Basic training in 1967. I will never forget our first night at Fort Bragg, Buddy woke me about 3:00 A. M “about the time they quit hollering at us” Buddy said
“Can you believe we have not been here a full day” I said go back to sleep! we wrapped our heads in towel because they had shaved our heads and they were tender. Long time but still fun memories. I know y’all will miss Buddy.