Paul Francis Lee



Paul Francis Lee, age 94 of Forest City died Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Hospice House of Forest City. Paul was born on November 23, 1922 in Rutherford County and was a son of the late Reuben James Lee and Ethel Thompson Lee Hollifield. His father was the first motorcycle officer with the Rutherford County Rural Police and was killed in the line of duty in August of 1923 when Paul was just nine months old. Paul was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Forest City and one of his greatest joys was fishing and the outdoors. Paul worked for many years for Stonecutter Mills Corporation where he retired as a supervisor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Grant Lee in 2012 as well as brothers and sisters, Clyde Lee, Claude Lee, Bill Lee, Jennie Lee McBrayer, Ray Hollifield, Robert Hollifield, and Edna Roberson.

Survivors include a half-sister, Lois Goforth and husband J.P. of Forest City as well as two nephews, and two great-nieces. The family and close friends of Paul are especially appreciative of the dedication and loving service of his longtime friends and caregivers, Diane Causby and Betty Calton.

A memorial service will be held at eleven o'clock Friday, June 23, 2017 in the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. Neil Haynes and Reverend Wesley Judy officiating. Inurnment will take place in the church columbarium. Visitation will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Choir Fund, 341 East Main Street, Forest City, North Carolina 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at