Shirley Overton Lee

July 31, 1935 - December 29, 2019
Shirley Overton Lee


Shirley Overton Lee age 84 of Leland passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019, at her home.

Shirley was born in Wilmington on July 31, 1935, to the late Raymond Lee Overton, Sr. and Emma Reynolds Overton. Shirley was the widow of the late Rev. Robert E. Lee, they were married for 66 years. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Lee Overton, Jr. and Charles Malcolm Overton.

Shirley is survived by her son, Robert E. Lee, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA; two daughters, Nancy Lee Barber and husband Freddie of Jacksonville, NC and Janet Lee Medlin of Wilmington; 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was a devout Christian and a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church in Leland. She touched the lives of many while serving in numerous church capacities throughout her years. She will be missed by her family and many friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon Thursday, January 2, 2020, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel with Pastor Gordon Powell officiating the service. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Community Chapel Baptist Church Robert E. Lee Education Building Fund PO Box 336, Leland, NC 28451.

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  • December 31, 2019
    Brian Fairbanks says:
    Mrs. Lee is a wonderful person. She was able to bring smiles to everyone that met her. She touched so many people, she will be greatly missed.

  • December 31, 2019
    Cindy Purnell Williams says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I have very fond memories of Mrs Lee when Janet and i played on the porch. Love to all

  • December 31, 2019
    Dawn Burton lit a candle:
    Lit since December 31, 2019 at 12:37:51 AM

  • December 31, 2019
    Janis H. Overton says:
    I can hear her laugh as I type. She was a dear SIL and brought much joy and laughter to this world. I am sad to not be there for her celebration of life. Big hug to all my NC family. God bless you always.

  • January 02, 2020
    James Collins & family says:
    Janet & family, we're so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. Please accept our sincerest sympathy & condolences, in this time of sorrow and grief. Your mom & dad were blessed to have a caring and loving daughter like you, to care for them in their times of need. We pray that you'll find comfort at this time, in the verse below. (KJV John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.)