John Henry Lee, Jr.

Resident of Dahlonega

Mr. John Henry Lee, Jr., age 76, of Villa Rica, Ga. passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019.

John was born in Opelika, AL on April 12, 1943 to the late John Henry Lee, Sr. and Montine Harrington Lee Day. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-father Olin Day, son-in-law Jim Freeman and granddaughter Courtney Rose Anderson.

John was a successful businessman and entrepreneur. His work career started early in his dad’s hardware store in Lanett, AL. He then served his country honorably in the United States Army as a medic and medical assistant. After completing his military service, John opened a wholesale merchandise business. Later he changed to a retail business opening Lee’s Clothing and Discount Store in Douglasville, GA. His business flourished and remained successful until he closed it to retire in January of 2019. John and his wife Janice worked side-by-side every day during the entire life of the business.

John was a loving husband and father. Although he had a strong work ethic, he never sacrificed quality time with his children. That quality time included long days on the lake and four-wheeling in the mud. Following the birth of his first grandchild, John’s name quickly changed to “Granddaddy”—a name which he proudly accepted.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Janice Harrison Lee, Villa Rica, GA; daughter and son-in-law Tania and Kevin Lightsey, Cleveland, GA; son and daughter-in-law John and Leanne Lee, Colleyville, TX; daughter and son-in-law Jenny and Chris Anderson, Cleveland, GA; son Jason Lee, Villa Rica, GA; step-sister and brother-in-law Barb and Brian Niccum, Durango, CO; grandchildren Ryan and Chelsea Freeman, Alex and Brandon Ward, Jessica Lee, John Henry Lee, IV, Bailey Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Tyler Anderson, Chesnee Freeman, Emma Lightsey, Davin Lightsey, and Sydney Lee; great-grandchildren Brayden Freeman, Skip Freeman, Zane Ward, and Sawyer Ward; and several other relatives.  

Funeral services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019 at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home. The Rev. Chris Anderson and John’s eldest son John Henry Lee, III will officiate. He will be laid to rest at 2 p.m. Saturday in West Point, GA at West Point Cemetery with full military honors. John’s family will receive friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

To share a memory of John or a condolence with the family visit

Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega.

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Mailing Address:
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Dahlonega, GA 30533

Phone: 706-864-3613
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