Harry C. Lee
January 27, 1932 – March 24, 2019
TUSCALOOSA -Harry C. Lee, age 87, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., passed away March 24, 2019.
Visitation will be Friday, March 29, 2019 at Heritage Chapel Funeral Home from 6 to 9p.m. Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Heritage Chapel with Rev. Kelvin Croom officiating a private family burial will follow with Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Harry was born on January 27, 1932, in Leeds, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Janie Ruth Lee; brother, William C. Lee;and son, Marc Daniel Lee.
Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Janet “Jan” Lee; daughter, Donna Lee Merrill; sons, Wayne Lee (Marybeth) and Todd Lee (Susan);grandchildren, Courtney Lee Cline (Wesley), Hunter Sparks, Rob Lee (Ashlyn), Taylor Lee Miles Sam Lee (Anna), Marc Evan Merrill, Trey Caldwell (Ashley) and great-grandchildren, Rubie, Bennett, Cooper, Brock and Mack.
Harry was an outstanding football player at Phillips High School and received a scholarship to the University of Alabama. He was a four-year letterman at the university (1951-54) and at the end of his career; Harry was only the 23rdfootball player since 1892, to letter all four years. Harry and Jan married in January of 1954.They would have married in 1953, but Harry was playing in theCotton Bowl. Harry was drafted into the Army in 1955 and Served with the 101st Airborne.While playing for the Army Post team he was scouted and recruited for the. Hamilton Tiger Cats in Ontario, Canada. An injury would end his football career and he returned to Tuscaloosa.
Harry joined Mutual of New York Insurance Company as a financial and insurance advisor and remained in that capacity for the next 56 years. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from The University of Alabama. Harry had many interests that revolved around the love of his community. He was one of the original members of Tuscaloosa Business Exchange (TBE). He served on the local and regional board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Tuscaloosa Board of Education, the Alabama Silver Haired Legislature and served as chairman of the PARA Little League program,as well as coached Little League football.
Harry was secretary to the University of Alabama A Club, a past member of the University of Alabama President's Advisory Committee and a charter member of the John Fraser Ramsey Scholarship Award Committee.
Pallbearers will be Hunter Sparks, Rob Lee, Sam Lee, Evan Merrill, Trey Caldwell, Wesley Cline, Ian Hannah and Scotty Scott.
Honorary pallbearers are A-club members, TBE members, Boys and Girls Club board members and the John Ramsey Scholarship Board.
The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses at DCH Northport and Tuscaloosa,and at Hospice of West Alabama for their loving care of Harry.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Boys and Girls Club,Hospice of West Alabama or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be offered at www.HeritageChapelTuscaloosa.com.
- Andrew and Janie Ruth Lee, Parents Deceased
- William C. Lee, Brother Deceased
- Marc Daniel Lee, Son Deceased
- Janet “Jan” Lee, Wife of 65 years
- Donna Lee Merrill, Daughter
- Wayne Lee (Marybeth) and Todd Lee (Susan), Sons
- Grandchildren, Courtney Lee Cline (Wesley), Hunter Sparks, Rob Lee (Ashlyn), Taylor Lee Miles Sam Lee (Anna), Marc Evan Merrill, Trey Caldwell (Ashley) and great-grandchildren, Rubie, Bennett, Cooper, Brock and Mack
- Hunter Sparks
- Rob Lee
- Sam Lee
- Evan Merrill
- Trey Caldwell
- Wesley Cline
- Ian Hannah
- Scotty Scott
- A-club members, TBE members, Boys and Girls Club board members and the John Ramsey Scholarship Board, Honorary
- Visitation Friday, March 29, 2019
- Celebration of Life Service Saturday, March 30, 2019
Harry C. Lee
April 3, 2019
It was a real joy and blessing to know Harry Lee, a real gentleman who treated everyone the same. As a member of the Alabama athletic staff for many years, we worked together keeping up with players and coaches in the past for the A-Club. To me, Harry was "Mr. A-Club." I will certainly miss seeing him at A-Day games and football games when you could count on him being at the A-Club table to collect dues and answer any question about the A-Club. God bless his family and thanks Harry for many golden memories of Alabama football with you. You were a blessing to all of us, and will be solely missed.
Cheryl Hollis Shepherd
March 31, 2019
My Uncle, Bill Hollis, played football at Alabama with Mr. Harry and were very good friends , I have always heard stories about the wonderful Harry Lee, and it was pleasure talking to him at the Alabama games. Our seats were near his in the A club section.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Lee family. The University of Alabama has lost a loving, dedicated fan for sure.
Cheryl Hollis Shepherd
March 30, 2019
I pass along my condolences to Harry's family. He always conducted himself wisely and was a gentlemen in his handling of A Club business. We became good friends through the years handling A Club business. May God bless Harry's family and comfort you as only he can do in these tough times.
UA Football 1966-1969
March 29, 2019
When I finally moved up from the B team to the varsity football team at Phillips High in my junior year, I did not know if I could really play with the "big boys." I was in awe of Harry, the team captain, and other linemen much larger and more experienced than I was. But Harry encouraged me and promised that I was "Gona play some ball" . As it turned out I did indeed become a starter , and the experience gave me a great boost in self-confidence. I will always remember Harry as a key leader of our team and as a mentor for me. And in our senior season we went undefeated and won the city championship.
March 27, 2019
Proud to have known Harry since 1964
Appreciate all he did for UA Athletics, the A club and Tuscaloosa
He was always Crimson Tide!!