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David R. Lee

September 27, 1943 — January 30, 2021

David R. Lee, born September 27, 1943, in Rio Grande City, Texas to Ambrous and Veda Vela Lee, was greeted with two loud knocks, three times on his resident door, with open arms by his Heavenly Father on January 30, 2021 as he departed his earthly home. David suffered the last 7 months with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is now pain free living the ultimate life visiting with his parents, family and friends that have gone on before.

David will lie in state at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home at 302 W. Hubbard St Wednesday and Thursday. Visitation will be held at Indian Creek Baptist Church, 104 Indian Creek Rd on Friday, February 5 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Indian Creek Baptist Church Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Indian Creek Cemetery. Mask and social distancing will be required for the funeral home, visitation, funeral service and graveside.

David belongs to one of the oldest families of Palo Pinto County and is a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church. David moved to Mineral Wells, Texas when he was 3 months old and was a lifetime resident of Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto County. After graduating from high school he worked at Texboro as a trucker, then Lehman’s Inc. as a machinist, and moved on to County Commissioner Precinct #1 of Palo Pinto County from 1985-2005 where he retired. David was a very active and social person. He was involved through the years in many organizations. He joined the National Guard in 1963 and was honorably discharged in 1969. He later joined the Texas State Guard and became Company Commander of the 504 M.P. Brigade. He is a member of the Troop “F” 124th Calvary Association, served in the American Legion, and as Vice Chairman of The America G I Forum. David was a member of Whitt Masonic Lodge #624 and Palo Pinto Masonic Lodge #1404, a member of the Moslah Temple and The Palo Pinto Shrine Club and served in the Fort Worth Scottish Rite Body and the Brazos Valley Scottish Rite Club of Palo Pinto County. David was an Honorary Lifetime member of the Brazos River Jaycees. Previously held several offices in the local Jaycees, including President until locally disbanded. He served as a State Officer in the Texas Jaycees and was a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Jaycees and a lifetime senator of the Senate. While he served in the Jaycees he received his pilot’s license and flew every chance he got until he couldn’t pass the physical, because of medical issues. David still served as a local board member of the Selective Service System, Board member of Camp Copus, Denton, Texas, and a member of Builders for Christ. He volunteered with the elections in Palo Pinto County every election.

David loved life and lived life to the fullest and loved people. He enjoyed taking care of and being there for others. He would find every opportunity that he could to help in any way that he could whether it was the benevolence at church to helping those find jobs or work and building things. He was known to be the “Bread Man”, passing out bread to those in need, giving out candy canes to the kids that came by at Christmas to see his Clark Griswold Light Display every year. David loved the holidays and would dress up every opportunity he could, the brighter the better and loved showing off his happy socks at church. He loved to travel, go bird hunting, woodworking, and building things out of wood, and most of all a family man. His family and friends meant the world to him. He never knew a stranger and you came away with another friend for life. David looked forward every year to going to help build churches with Builders for Christ and serving the Lord, serving on the Board at Camp Copus. To his church family you meant the world to him too. He looked forward to every Sunday and worshiping the Lord, spending time with the guys and being involved every year with Vacation Bible School. Vacation Bible School he held very dear to his heart. To his coffee buddies, he looked forward to seeing you every day and spending time with you. He taught us all so much and we learned. David cherished his family and friends and will be missed by many.

David was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, Ray Dell Glover, Billy Glover, Neal Eckert; and sister-in-law, Tommie Jean Glover Reasoner. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary Glover Lee; daughter, Licia Lee; brother, Larry Lee and wife Leslie; sisters, Janette Tatem and husband Bogie, Tena Brooks and husband Dale; brother-in-law, George Reasoner; sisters-in-laws, Shirley Glover, Josephine Sigman, and Sharron Eckert; many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

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