Willie Hamlet (Gus) Lee

Willie Hamlet (Gus) Lee, 93, of Hollister, NC died on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Liberty Commons Nursing Center in Weldon, NC. Mrs. Lee was born May 9, 1921 in Warren County, NC, the daughter of the late Benjamin Crowell and Ethelyn Crawley Hamlet.

She was a lifelong member of Harris Chapel Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She was a homemaker and was well known for her jellies, jams, and pickles, especially her watermelon rind pickles and chow chow relish. Willie Gus was a member of The Quilting Class in Hollister and made beautiful quilts for her children and grandchildren. She was a beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and loved her family very much.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Lee, daughter, Ann Lee Williams, and four sisters, Miriam Mabry, Ruth Bryant, Annie Hayes and Frances Staton.

Survivors include sons, Glen Lee and his wife, Katherine of Roanoke Rapids, Lemuel Lee and his wife, Annette of Nashville, NC; her son-in-law Lacy Williams and his wife, Myrtle of Roxboro, NC; her sister, Jean Parker and her husband, Eddie of Norfolk, VA; seven grandchildren, Sharon Royster of Suffolk, VA, Ben Lee and his wife, Candace of Woodstock, GA, Scott Lee and his wife, Lisa of Nashville, Shannon Kerley and her husband, Tim of Apex, Brian Lee of Charlotte, Troy Williams and his wife, Kathy, Tim Williams and his wife, Lynn both of Roxboro, fourteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Harris Chapel Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Roy Porter and the Rev. Phil Qualls officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Askew Funeral and Cremation Services in Roanoke Rapids is handling the arrangements, where the family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Harris Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Carlton Qualls, 1472 Williams Road, Hollister, NC 27844.

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