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William Wyatt Lee, Jr.
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“What a loss. Bill was a wondrful person and will be missed by everyone who knew him. He told me once that the happiest years of his life had been...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Rebecca Crossland - Knoxville, TN, TN

“Bill and family, I was really sorry to learn of your your father's passing. He was a great guy with a great family. Seeing his picture brought a...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Phil Jacobs - Houston, TX

“Bill and family, I was really sorry to learn of your your father's passing. He was a great guy with a great family. Seeing his picture brought a...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: Phil Jacobs - Houston, TX

“Sally - I know I join a very large group of people who are saddened by Bill's passing. He was always so kind to me, kind to everyone. I wanted to...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Pam Gunter - Wartburg, TN

“Bill and Terry, Orlean Sealand called and informed me of the sad news of your Dad's passing. I wish you and your families our thoughts and...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Roger Quincy - Cumming, GA

“Bill will be greatly missed by his friends and neighbors on Riverbriar Road. Gary Curnutt Don Lawson ”
6 of 36 | Posted by: Gary Curnutt - TN

“Sally, Thinking about you today and praying God's peace and comfort throughout the day as you celebrate Bill's remarkable and wonderful life. ”
7 of 36 | Posted by: Nancy Guthrie - Tucson, AZ

“Sally, I will treasure the memories I have of visiting you and Bill. What fun we had sightseeing around Tennessee. Bill was such a kind a caring...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Ann Alfes - Naples, FL

“I am sorry for you loss, Sally. If there is any thing I can do, let me know. ”
9 of 36 | Posted by: Mallory Coley - San Antonio, TX

“Sally,we are so sorry. Bill will be missed so very much. He and Jim loved talking as they had so many common interests. We are glad that we had the...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Jim and Ann Streible - Marietta, GA

“Our thoughts are with the Lee Family. We were friends from our days serving together in the navy through our many years together as neighbors,...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: Bob and Jeanette Burditt - SC

“All the best to all of you, Sally's cousin Pete. ”
12 of 36 | Posted by: Pete Guthrie - lexington, KY

“Sally and Family, I was saddened to learn of Bill's passing. Bill replaced me as Radio Systems Manager for all the Doe Plant sites in Oak Ridge,...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Ray Ellis - Oliver Springs, TN

“Michelle, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Father-In-Law. I read the entire obituary and he seemed to be a remarkable man. My...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Kathy Brown - Douglasville, GA

“Bill: My deepest condolences to you and your family on your dad's passing. ”
15 of 36 | Posted by: Tony Anderson - Knoxville, TN

“Bill, Linda, Jeff, Angela and Jennifer, Our hearts go out to you and the rest of your family at this time of sorrow on losing a loved and beloved...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Wes and Barbara Sims - Oak Ridge, TN

“Bill, Sorry to hear about your dad. I always thought he was a great guy. He sure put up with a lot when we spent the night at your house all the...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: Jamie Purcell - Louisville, TN

“Michelle, Please know that my prayers are with you and your family during this trying time. It is so difficult to lose a loved one. Annette ”
18 of 36 | Posted by: Annette Riley - Villa Rica, GA

“Dear Lee Family, We were sad to learn of Bill Lee's death. We spent many warm sunny afternoons over at Bill's cabin on Watts Bar Lake. We always...Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: Nancy Braski - Kingston, TN

“Michelle, My sincere sympathy in the loss of your father-in-law. Janice ”
20 of 36 | Posted by: Janice Duvall - Dallas, GA

“Dear Michelle, I'm so sorry for loss, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love Sabriena ”
21 of 36 | Posted by: Sabriena Wyatt - Waco, GA

“We will always remember the fun times we shared with you and Bill. Your 25th Wedding Anniversary, The Fireflies, The Moonbow. We have so many fond...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Fred and Jo Blair - Centerville, OH

“My thoughts are with you at this sad time. ”
23 of 36 | Posted by: carolyn graham - sanibel, FL

“Bill was the best neighbor and a good friend. He will be greatly missed. ”
24 of 36 | Posted by: Bella & Boris Budik - Knoxville, TN

“Terry, Sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. ”
25 of 36 | Posted by: Henry Scott - Newnan, GA

“S0 sorry for your lose my prayers are with you. ”
26 of 36 | Posted by: cindy cooper - douglasville, GA

“Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you Sally! ”
27 of 36 | Posted by: Cathie Bannister - Lk Worth, FL

“The kindness and warmth expressed by Bill toward friends and family will be sorely missed. His easy manner, winning smile, and soft voice put those...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Sarah M. Regan - Ruston, LA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
29 of 36 | Posted by: Jerald Shumate - Douglasville, GA

“Terry: We're sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in our hearts and prayers. ”
30 of 36 | Posted by: Danny Miles - Loganville, GA

“Bill was a successful, accomplished man and a real gentleman. He will be missed by friends, family, and that sweet but mischievous Rockwood. My...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: Dorothy Bowles - Knoxville, TN

“Terry, My sincerest condolences to you and your family. May God truly bless you during your period of grief. Sherry and I will keep you in our...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Scott Guy - Atlanta, GA

“So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. ”
33 of 36 | Posted by: Debbie McCullough - Douglasville, GA

“I just wanted to let you know that our prayers are with your family at this time of loss. Mr. Lee sounds like he was a remarkable man. I can see his...Read More »
34 of 36 | Posted by: Claudia Beaty and Family - GA

“We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Joy, Scott and Kelsey ”
35 of 36 | Posted by: Barr Family - Douglasville, GA

“I work with Michelle Lee here at the Douglas County School System's central office. I'm sure she is as great a daughter-in-law as she is a friend and...Read More »
36 of 36 | Posted by: Nell Eaves - Douglasville, GA


William Wyatt Lee, Jr., 80, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at the St. Mary's Residential Hospice following complications from heart surgery. He was the son of William W. Lee and Sarah Botsi Lee and the brother of Louis Sam Lee, all of Birmingham, Alabama. He grew up in Birmingham where he attended Phillips High School. As a young man he worked at a radio station. There he cultivated his lifelong interest in science especially radio communication. He studied electrical engineering at Auburn University where he received his B.S. He served as a officer in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge and was employed by the Sandia Corp. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There he received an M.S. from the University of New Mexico. He came to Oak Ridge in 1958 where he served in several capacities at both Y-12 and K-25 plants. He felt that his major contribution was the introduction of small digital computers to the automation of complex industrial processes. His interest in electronics communication led to the last assignment of his career as her supervised the installation of a trunking radio system for the land mobile radio services at the plants. Throughout his career he was awarded several patents in various disciplines. He spoke often of the great respect that he had for many of his colleagues and the privilege he had working with some of the great scientists of the 20th century. His hobbies included photography, astronomy, ham radio (KI4WX), boating and scuba diving. In one of his many photographs he accidentally captured a seagull framed by the Golden Gate bridge. This photo, taken in the 1980s, was entered in a recent Dogwood Arts Festival photography contest. There he placed second out of several hundred entries. His interest in astronomy took him abroad to view total eclipses of the sun -- one in the Altiplano of Bolivia and another in Turkey. As was his nature, he enjoyed meeting the people of these countries as much as the eclipse. On both trips he was accompanied by his wife Sally Guthrie whom he loved and admired. She also shared his interest in ham radio operation. Bill's family was a source of great pride and satisfaction. He enjoyed talking about the successful careers of his four sons and was quite sure that he had the smartest grandchildren in the world. Probably on of the most enjoyable periods of his life was when he purchased a boat and a lake lot on Watts Bar Lake. With the help (and sometimes interference) of his family, he built a cabin there. He spent many happy days entertaining his children and their friends. He also had a talent that he hid for many years. As a high school student he studied Spanish. He furthered his knowledge thru Hispanic contacts on his ham radio and became fluent. He retained his fluency over 60 years with very little use. In the last years of his life he was able to use his gift of language to encourage and communicate with a friend who recently immigrated from Mexico. He seemed to enjoy this ability greatly. In fact, at times while he was very ill in the hospital he would speak Spanish to puzzled hospital personal as well as family members. Bill also loved animals and had many pets over the years. Probably his favorite was his most recent dog, Rockwood, with whom he spent many hours watching TV and eating ice cream. He loved his wife, family, work, and hobbies. His easy smile and gentle nature will be missed. He is survived by his wife Sally A. Guthrie of Knoxville; four sons and their families: Bill and Linda Lee and their children Jeffrey, Angela and Jennifer of Oak Ridge; Stephen and Candy and their children Chris and Katie of Clovis, California. Terry and Michelle and their children Michael and Patrick of Lithia Springs, Georgia; and David and Christina and son Sam of Superior, Colorado. Special friends include Louis "Lou" Mackin Jr., Letty Maberry, Betty Hamby and of course "Rockwood" Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge. Burial is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. An online guest book may be signed at weatherfordmortuary.com

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