Nov. 22, 1938 – Dec. 31, 2020

Graveside services for Mr. Philip Eugene (Gene) Lee, 82, of Bude, were held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at Midway Cemetery in Meadville with Brother Vance Woodcock officiating.

Visitation was held from 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2 at Franklin Funeral Home in  Meadville.

Mr. Lee passed away on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at Meadville Convalescent Home in Franklin County after a long battle with dementia and other serious health issues.

He was born Nov. 22, 1938, in Franklin County to Mr. Albert Lee and Mrs. Iris Martin Lee.

Gene owned and operated Bude Texaco Service Station for more than 50 years, and  never failed to help anyone in need.

He was an avid golfer who won the Middlefork Country Club championship in 1985 and scored three holes-in-one.

Gene also loved his New York Yankees.

He volunteered countless hours coaching hundreds of boys in Franklin County Little League and Pony League baseball, where he also served as commissioner.

He loved his many Meadville Cardinals Little League teams. He was also a Mississippi Athletic Association umpire.

Gene also played (mostly pitched) on numerous local softball teams, and he was the catcher for a Meadville High School no-hitter pitched by Jimmy Dale Mitchell in the mid-1950s.

Gene graduated from Meadville High School in 1957, and served in the military.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Bobby Lee and Glen Lee.

Survivors include his dedicated wife of 60 years, Evelyn Temple Lee; his only child, Angela Lee; two sisters-in-law, Peggy Lee of Eddiceton and Carolyn Lee of Tupelo; two nieces, Shelia Lee Ryals and Lorinda Lee; plus numerous cousins, family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Steve McNulty, Joey McNulty, Larry Hill, Bart Jones, Anthony Kent, Ronnie Touchstone, Ricky King and Gary Buckels.

Honorary pallbearers were Wade Creekmore, Rayford Touchstone, Bobby Gibbs, Sonny Sims, Vic Smith, Kenny Wilson, Rex Sullivan and Jody Herring.

The family wishes to extend a very special “Thank You” to the staffs of Meadville Convalescent Home, Franklin County Memorial Hospital, King’s Daughters Medical Center, Dr. Karen Touchstone, Dr. Kim Estes and Hospice Compassus for their love and care throughout the years.

The family requests memorials be made in Gene’s name to: Brookhaven Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 3477, Brookhaven, MS 39630 or Franklin County Little League, Attention: Brett Herring, 710 Homochitto Campout Road SE, Meadville, MS 39653.

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Franklin Funeral Home of Meadville was in charge of arrangements.

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