Sam Thomas Lee
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“Carol, I was shocked to hear about Tom! I'm so very sorry for you, Chad and his family and Seth!!! It still seems unreal as I always think of Tom...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Karen Balderson - Isle of Palms, SC

“As Winyah High 1965 classmate and Gator football team mate,. I offer sincere condolences on Tommy's passing to Carol and his family ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: Philip Ray - Erlangen, GERMANY

“Mr. Lee was a great principal for James B Edwards School, the families we met him will always remember him for his work for the education of the...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Geraldine and Yasmin Alvarez-Garcia - SC

“I just learned of Mr. Lee's passing tonight. My heart sunk. Mr. Lee made such an impact on my son's life. Mr. Lee was so caring, kind and genuine. I...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Margaret Alcorn - SC

“I went to JBE in the late 80s and early 90s. I remember Mr. Lee well, even after all these years. He was such a presence, it was always very...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Ellie Whitcomb Payne - SC

“Heartfelt condolences ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: Connie Lee Hayes - Charlotte, NC

“Heart felt condolences ”
7 of 28 | Posted by: Connie Lee Hayes - Charlotte, NC

“Tom was such a dear and caring man. I enjoyed my time working with Tom as a teacher at JBE. He took a chance on me when I really needed it. From that...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Lynda Angelakos

9 of 28 | Posted by: Mae McKelvey - Charleston, SC

“I was so sorry to read about Tom dying. Our (Toula and Charles Williams) son Braxton went to James B. Edwards and loved Tom like we all did. All of...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: charles wlliams - Mount Pleasant, SC

“The best Principal I ever had. FG ”
11 of 28 | Posted by: Benjamin Bell - Mount Pleasant, SC

“My family and I are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing and offer our sincere prayers of condolence for the family. He was an outstanding principal at...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Ken Lee - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Tom made such a tremendous difference in so many lives. Thank you for sharing him with the entire East Cooper community. I enjoyed working with him...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC

“As a former JB Edwards student, I remember Mr. Lee well, roaming the hallways and always making himself available to students for questions. He was a...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Cassandra Sandee Jackson - SC

“Condolences to Mrs Lee and the family. ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“Tom was a dear friend, coworker and mentor for me. I followed him as principal of Whitesides Elementary when he moved to Edwards Elementary. He...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Dave Schlachter - Taylor Mill, KY

“Tom was a terrific principal and friend to so many families that passed through the doors of James B. Edwards. I had the pleasure of working with...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Soni Hensen - Huger, SC

“Lee Family-I am so so saddened to hear of Mr. Lee's passing. I have found memories of Mr. Lee being my principal, my sister's principal, and my...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Hallie Carter Harries - SC

“To the Lee's family, my condolence to all of you, Mr Lee was certainly one of a kind, he gave me my job as a teachers teacher's assistant at JBE,...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Regenia Rivers Frasier - SC

“Chad and Family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Beloved Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Anita Shrader ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Anita Shrader - Raleigh, NC

“Mr. Lee was the sweetest assistant principal at Stiles Point. I injured myself on the playground and he carried me to my Mother's car. I didn't want...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Devon Gamble - Charleston, SC

“Mr. Lee is a legend in CCSD, Mt. Pleasant. The legacy that lives on will carry us forward, in memory of all the kindness he shared to everyone he met...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Angela Hawkins - MP, SC - Teacher

“Mr.Lee was the best principal i have ever worked for. I started as a practicum student in the late 80s, to a sub in any classroom, but mostly sped,...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Angela Hawkins - Mp - Teacher

“Mr. Lee was the single best educator I've ever met. I came her as a single Mom, not knowing a soul, in 1996. My daughters started 5th grade and...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Lori Miller - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Ms.Lee, I am sorry for your loss of your husband, you're in my thoughts and prayers. ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Gina Thompson - Lexington

“Tommy was a good friend, cousin and always faithful to his family. He and I worked many hours side by side in our youth and he was not afraid of hard...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Henry Sparrow - Spartanburg, SC

“My Thoughts and Prayers are with the Lee family. Mr Lee was a wonderful , and loving person. I will never forget you Mr S Tom Lee ❤❤&...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Faye Rouse - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Lee family, we loved Mr Lee, he was a wonderful man and a great boss. ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Shelley Brown - Charleston, SC

Sam Thomas Lee, 72, of Awendaw, South Carolina, husband of Carol Marlowe Lee passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019. His memorial service will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019 in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends after the service.

Born July 3, 1947 in Charleston, South Carolina, he was one of four children of the late Sam Lee and the late Juanita Murray Lee. He was part of the first graduating class of The Baptist College (now Charleston Southern University) where he received his bachelor's degree. Tom earned his master's degree from The Citadel. He was the principal of James B. Edwards Elementary School for over 25 years. He was a Navy veteran and an avid duck hunter. Tom was a generous man who never met a stranger.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol M. Lee of Awendaw, SC; sons, Chad Lee (Megan) of Charleston, SC and Seth Lee of New York, NY; brothers, Wayne Lee (June) of Moncks Corner, SC and Jack Lee (Kendra) of Pawley's Island, SC; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his son, Russell Lee, and sister, Pat Lee.