Charles Edward Lee lived a life devoted to his Catholic faith and teaching career. He enjoyed helping others, whether it was running errands for them, participating in prison ministry or taking the homebound out for a ride. He passed away at his caregivers' home on Nov. 27, 2017.
Charles was born in Hartshorne, on Oct. 14, 1933, to Ed Lee and Janette Hugo (Davidson). He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in music education. His Granny was so proud that he was the first in the family to receive a college degree.
After college, Charles joined the United States Army for two years. One of those years was spent in South Korea. When he returned from duty, Charles embarked on his 37 year teaching career. He shared his gift and love of music with his students and was well known for the Maypole dances he produced and presented with his students.
Charles was a devoted Catholic. He played the organ at his church for many years and gave generously to his church. Charles' faith was so well known in the community that when a Catholic magazine came to town looking to do an interview on a faithful Catholic that prayed the rosary, Charles was the first person that came to mind.
Charles was devoted to his mother and took great care of her when she became ill and comforted her during her therapies.
Charles is survived by one sister; one aunt, and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his loving grandmother, Annie Davidson; his father, Ed Lee, and his mother, Janette Hugo.
A Rosary will be recited for Charles at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Holy Rosary Church in Hartshorne.
A Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4. The interment will be held at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Hartshorne.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Charles' caregivers who took them into their home for the past seven years, Susan and Daryl Watson and their daughter, Christy, and her son, Nashoba.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Bernardi, Don McCaslin, Kit Williamson, Michael Lucas, Warner Pitchford and Chris Dunafan.
Published on November 29, 2017